An extension of his ‘crystal candy set’ for baccarat, jaime hayon’s new lamp series juxtaposes white, platinum, or copper ceramic with the refractive textured crystal.
and solid form of ceramic with the clarity and cut of textured crystal.
hayon’s first lamps for the company, the series is an extension of his 2009 ‘crystal candy set’, covered in this designboom article. the pieces are designed with a ceramic base of copper, platinum, or white, and a crystal shade modeled after baccarat’s juvisy pattern. a red crystal pendant at the lamp’s base serves as the switch.
when the lamp is lit, the crystal shade casts its waffle reflection onto the base, and scatters light onto the surrounding surfaces.
the works were on display in the baccarat exhibition during milan design week 2011.
INTERVIEW * Stephen Antonson
Stephen Antonson at his studioA · Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I studied painting and sculpture at Carnegie Mellon and received an MFA in Mixed Media from Hunter College. My first solo show came out of a semester I spent studying at Lacoste in France. For more than a decade, i showed my work in galleries in New York, London, and L.A. In the last decade, I turned my attention to design and decorative art, specializing in plaster. I have a line of lighting and accessories — chandeliers, lamps, sconces, frames and candlesticks—that have lead to commissions with top interior designers including Peter Marino, Miles Redd, James Huniford, Victoria Hagen. My studio is in brooklyn.
B · What’s your favourite part of the design process?
the dialogue with the client who commissions a custom piece can often be a great thing particularly if they have a very good idea of what they want. the dialogue leads to a drawing and that yields a prototype. The prototype is perhaps my favorite step because that is when you know if the piece will work as envisioned or if changes are needed. this is also when surprises can happen.
C · Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?
I have always been interested in objects from a sculptural standpoint as well as from a craftsmanship perspective. For as long as I can remember, I have been making things. But I could make things all day long to no end, which is why I appreciate having a context for them, whether it’s a gallery, museum, or decorative arts setting such as a private home.
D · Where do you get inspiration?
I’m a little wary of the word inspiration. I get my ideas by doing the work—all the time. looking and listening are key too. Of course, I look to The greats: Calder, Giacometti, and Rauschenberg but I also tap into my children with their sense of the absurd and constant need to play. Sometimes its just a bag being blown down the street or a mitten on the sidewalk.
E · What was the movie or book that impressed you the most?
There are so many. Anything by the Marx Brothers.
F · Can you describe your style, how has that style developed over the years?
I don’t give it much thought really. each work has to work within its intended context. thats the important thing.
G · For you what makes a product rare?
Making a piece by hand certainly suggests uniqueness. Most of my work up until recently has been custom one-offs. I have been wanting to design products for the mass market for some time and have just been given an opportunity. i hope to do more.
H · Regarding the future, are you afraid of something?
I am frightened by those lacking imagination and/or sense of humor.
Icicle Chandelier White
Specially for DESIGN GALLERIST Stephen Antonson has send a couple of pictures of his new creation!
50TH SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE 2011
Last week during the Furniture Fair in Milan, Studio Jo Meesters presented it’s new project entitled Aurelia Eichhornia. The Aurelia Eichhornia is a series of lamps especially developed for the presentation of Leolux during the 50th Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 where the Dutch furniture company exhibited its new collection.
Story Vases by Front and the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft.
Story Vases The Story Vases tell the personal stories of ﬁve women from South Africa.
The project began with a series of conversations in Durban between Anna, Soﬁa and Charlotte from Front and Beauty, Thokozani, Kishwepi, Tholiwe and Lobolile of the Siyazama Project, a collective of women working with traditional bead craft in KwaZulu-Natal. They told about their daily lives, their husbands and children.
They shared their hopes and dreams, and talked about love, life and death. Their stories also touch on such serious subjects as the eﬀect of HIV on their society, poverty and unemployment. They talked about their business and what beadwork meant to them. Each of the vases tells a part of these stories, and documents the daily life of women in rural, post apartheid South Africa. Each woman formed their own story into text by threading glass beads on to metal wires. These wires were made into vase-shaped moulds, into which glass was blown. With the Story Vases, Front used its conceptual approach to design, material and narrative to explore new ways of working with Zulu bead craft in collaboration with the Siyazama Project.
This long-term project aims to broaden the market for the women’s craft and to let their stories, which are seldom told, be heard by more people. By Front and the Siyazama Project for Editions in Craft.
Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren are the members of the Swedish design group Front.
Their works are based on common discussions, explorations and experiments and they are all involved in the projects from initial ideas to the final product.
Front’s design objects often communicate a story to the observer about the design process, about the material it is made of or about conventions within the design field.
In their work they have assigned part of the making of design to animals, computers or machines.
They have made a constantly changing interior, created objects with explosions, robotic furniture and a range of furniture inspired by their fascination with magic.
designers rowan mersh, nicola guerraz, and sandro del pistoia and fendi artisan federica antonelli create sculptures in person as part of the ‘fatto a mano for the future’ series by fendi
At milan design week 2011, fendi presents the first italian exhibition of their project, ‘fatto a mano for the future’, featuring the performances of london-based designer rowan mersh, italian artist nicola guerraz, italian sculptor sandro del pistoia, and fendi artisan federica antonelli.
the live design series invites artists and designers to join a fendi craftsman in creating sculptural objects
using discarded materials from the fendi production process, as a conceptual illustration of the interactions
that take place between designers and artists, production and tradition, and creators and materials.