Dutch design mixed with Dutch art at the ‘Nothing New’ exhibition. At the same venue; Museo Diocesano in Milan, emerging Dutch design talent at ‘Bar Anne’ on show during Milan Designweek 2018.
Christiaan Zwanikken at Nothing New
Bar Anne, by Space Encounters x Children of the Light
The Dutch (contract) furniture company Lensvelt made quite the bold statement during Milan Design Week 2018 with the exhibition: Nothing New at the Museo Diocesano in Milan. Lensvelt didn’t show new furniture, but mixed it’s previously produced design amongst art (installations). The Nothing New exhibition was curated by Maarten Spruijt, some of the works, including performances were especcially made for the exhibition at Fondazione Lensvelt. (see all info under the images)
During Milan Design Week 2018 we were constantly confronted by Lavazza. We drank the actual coffee; at the Lavazza Tiny Bar by Toiletpaper in the Santa Teresa Library at the Brera design district, and at other locations. While drinking we were of course confronted by the merchandise itself and also; all across Milan city we saw the larger-than-life posters; many of them.
It has been a long time since we’ve felt we were in target-group. It used to happen all the time when we were younger, but nowadays there’s not so much stuff we have to buy, according to marketeers. Continue reading →
The presentation by the brand JPC at Milan Design Week 2018 was named ‘Odeum’ (That means, in ancient Greece and Rome: “a theatre for musical performances”.) This presentation is worth mentioning because it was fun! JPC created a make-belief, “metaphysical theatre”. (I’m not going to dive deep into that, sorry: please surf to JPC Universe for the full story.)
From what I gather from the site, in a tiny nutshell: JCP gives new meaning to everyday-life objects. It actually really was an interesting walk up and down the steps in the darkness of this presentation. There was a lot to discover in each piece of furniture; for instance, the pink blob with golden embellishments has a surprise element: it’s a cupboard. That sounds simple but it’s not: it’s so well made that you’d never guess the thing has doors.
Justine, cupboard, designed by Matteo Cibic
justine haiku, written by Alistair Gentry
Sun Ra Lamp, designed by Nanda Vigo
Belmer, couch, designed by Matteo Cibic
belmer haiku, written by Alistair Gentry
Herma, Rapunza, Wandadesigned by Richard Yasmine
Wanda, designed by Richard Yasmine
Haiku written by Alistair Gentry
Venny, tables designed by Matteo Cibic
Also; the products are named after girls and gods, except for the couch: Belmer. According to the Urban Dictionairy Belmer means “A man who loves shoving large items such as bowling pins up his ass.” (Used in a sentence: “He is such a belmer I caught him putting a baseball bat up his ass.”) I’m not quite sure if that’s the Belmer Matteo Cibic had in mind when he named his couch, but it could be. The ‘Justine’ cupboard, also designed by Cibic, is quite a sensual piece of work as well, so are the other designs in this presentation. Continue reading →