Daniel Azoulay


Infested Glass


Stained by Expectation, Swedish School of textiles


Mildew, Swedish School of textiles


Mildew, Swedish School of textiles


Beautiful ugly

29th April 2011

A recurring theme throughout Milan Design week, designers are pushing the boundaries of what we perceive as beautiful.

Daniel Azoulay's Beautiful ugliness questions aesthetic values by integrating dirty materials into decorative objects. Working with tar, glass and hair it evokes an interesting reaction.

Looking at the beauty to be found in mildew and mould, students from The Swedish School of textiles play with colour, texture and form. Also under the umbrella of (un Beautiful), the 'Stained by expectation' project contextualises stains in the hopes of making them beautiful.

Showing at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Infested glass explores decay and beauty at the same time offering a balance of attraction and repulsion.







Botanica

28th April 2011

Always a pleasure to visit during Milan Design week, Spazio Rossana Orlandi yet again held most of the highlights from Milan for me this year. Studio Formafantasma of course delivered (yet again!) a beautiful show. Researching into bio plastics and polymers they explored colour, texture and form.

Commissioned by Plart, an Italian research institute dedicated to scientific research and technological innovation and to preserving plastic works of art and design, the project celebrates the Bakelite era as well as making us re consider plastic - a material that was once seen as a symbol of modernity, now seen as a negative product of the oil years as we strive for a more sustainable view on production and materials.

Exploring Botany the studio researched natural polymers extracted from plants and animals to include Rosin Dammar, Copal a sub fossil state of Amber and Shellac a polymer extracted from insect excrement. Immersing themselves in the art of botany the resulting objects are beautiful, fragile and intriguing.

The natural textures and colours of the resins result in a primitive yet contemporary aesthetic with plastics used as precious detailing as a reminder of a new post industrial aesthetic.


Freya Goodwin Brown Talking Textiles


Carolina Wilke Talking Textiles


Collette Patterson Talking Textiles


Studio Job Talking Textiles


Maarten Klok Talking Textiles


Amy Congdon Textile Futures


Un Beautiful Swedish School of Textiles


Talking Textiles

27th April 2011

Milan Design week was awash with textiles and materiality highlighting the trend for the need and desire for tactility again as we search for the softer side in a reactionary response to our ever increasingly digital world.

It was really interesting to see the number of textile related exhibitions and how textiles were used from furniture to product designers as well as in exhibition curation such as at the RCAIntent show where they had fabric tents to house their work.

Li Eidelkort curated a two part show Talking Textiles' that brought together some of the best emerging textile design talent from Europe alongside established designers who are using textiles in their designs highlighting the growing trend.

Alongside this my students from Textile Futures, Central St Martins and The Swedish School of textiles both showed for the first time in Ventura Lambrate to high acclaim.

The year of textiles? maybe, maybe not, but certainly a time to re consider the importance of materials and materiality.






Waiting for Glasstrees

15th April 2011

A preview for the 54th Venice Biennale starting on the 4th June, Glasstrees was shown at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design week. Glass is a key material that is being updated and used in many interesting ways, but what struck me about these by Particia Urquiola was the fantastic use of colour.





Fragile Future III

14th April 2011

Fragile future is a continuation of a project spawned in 2005 and has since evolved into a more industrial project without loosing its poetic and delicate appeal. Shown during Milan furniture fair this week it is up there as one of my favourite things I have seen.

Using dandelion clocks and laser cut metal 'A Drift' by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta is breathtakingly beautiful. Raising questions as to how can something so delicate stay in tact and the idea of capturing in time a dandelion clock that represents the delicacy of nature, it represents perfectly the balance between nature and the hand of man.

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