No­mi­na­tion Day/ El­le De­co In­ter­na­tio­nal Awards

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - words by Pao­la Ca­ri­ma­ti

No­mi­na­tion day. He­re are our can­di­da­tes for the 14 award ca­te­go­ries or­ga­ni­sed by this net­work of 25 edi­tions world­wi­de. From de­si­gner of the year to talent of the fu­tu­re, to in­te­rior de­si­gner, new ca­te­go­ry in­clu­ded in the award, to va­rious forms of de­si­gn. The fir­st pha­se of the EDIDA, El­le De­co In­ter­na­tio­nal De­si­gn Awards is un­der­way DE­SI­GNER OF THE YEAR / Mi­chael Anastassiades/ We fell in lo­ve wi­th his lamps, ex­traor­di­na­ri­ly poe­tic lu­mi­nous pre­sen­ces, but wi­th a di­sar­ming sim­pli­ci­ty. His crea­ti­ve ge­nius is ma­de up of sim­ple si­gns and vo­lu­mes: wi­th a steel ca­ble, a sphe­re and a brass bar he is ca­pa­ble of gi­ving a room a so­phi­sti­ca­ted at­mo­sphe­re. For the edi­to­rial staff of El­le De­cor Ita­ly, he is the de­si­gner of the year be­cau­se, de­spi­te ha­ving chan­ged the sca­le and ty­po­lo­gy, his pro­jec­ts con­ti­nue to re­lea­se ma­gic. This is de­mon­stra­ted by the Fon­ta­na Amo­ro­sa col­lec­tion, com­po­sed by the four Spring wall lamps for Ni­lu­far, whi­ch de­cli­nes a ve­ry per­so­nal idea of de­co­ra­tion wi­th the in­tro­duc­tion of co­lor ( 1). Aluminum and fa­bric clo­the the Beo­sound Ed­ge acou­stic spea­ker he de­si­gned for Bang & Olufsen: de­tails that gi­ve warm­th to the ele­men­ta­ry geo­me­try of the ca­se. From tech­no­lo­gy to the great na­mes of Ma­de in Ita­ly: the de­si­gner of Cy­priot ori­gin has un­der­ta­ken his fir­st col­la­bo­ra­tion wi­th B& B Ita­lia and Cas­si­na, whi­ch re­sul­ted in the ma­king of two ex­cel­lent pie­ces. The mo­du­lar boo­k­ca­se sy­stem that he tran­sfor­med in­to a com­ple­ment wi­th a clean, es­sen­tial, yet ar­chi­tec­tu­ral struc­tu­re and the Or­di­nal ta­ble ( 2) that, thanks to the 45 ° orien­ta­tion of its legs, ap­pears at the sa­me ti­me slen­der and mo­no­li­thic ( 3). FUR­NI­TU­RE/ RAYURES by RONAND & ERWAN BOUROULLEC for GLAS ITA­LIA/ A col­lec­tion of mo­du­lar screens com­po­sed of hin­ged pa­nels that crea­te evo­ca­ti­ve do­me­stic land­sca­pes. Ma­de of stra­ti­fied, tem­pe­red and co­lo­red flu­tes glass, they ha­ve im­por­tant di­men­sions and seem to de­fy the ru­les of gra­vi­ty. Jux­ta­po­sed again­st ea­ch other, in neu­tral and trans­pa­rent fi­ni­shes, they func­tion as com­po­si­tio­nal dia­ph­ragms: se­pa­ra­ting and crea­ting islands of in­ti­ma­cy. LIGHTING/ KOYOO by ALEX SCHMID for INGO MAURER/ A small por­ta­ble LED lamp, light and so­phi­sti­ca­ted. It is born from an in­tui­tion, one of tho­se that would be ap­pre­cia­ted by Achil­le Ca­sti­glio­ni too. It is a small kit con­si­sting of a spring, a me­tal stem, a lu­mi­nous lamp­sha­de, whi­ch co­mes in th­ree dif­fe­rent mo­dels, and a black ba­se wi­th char­ger, USB- C ca­ble and bat­te­ry. Used on a ta­ble, the light sour­ce is be­low eye le­vel and the­re­fo­re ma­kes the light ve­ry plea­sant and re­la­xing. YOUNG TALENT OF THE YEAR/ Gu­gliel­mo Poletti/ An Ita­lian in Ein­d­ho­ven: born in 1987, he gra­dua­ted from the De­si­gn Aca­de­my. And it is the­re that he has cul­ti­va­ted his ob­ses­sion wi­th ba­lan­ce and for the sim­pli­ci­ty of straight li­nes whi­ch in­ter­sect gi­ving sha­pe to pu­re and mi­ni­mal geo­me­tric vo­lu­mes. Si­mi­lar to him, gi­ven his shy and re­ser­ved cha­rac­ter that does not scream his talent. But he re­veals it from ti­me to ti­me, hid­den in the ri­gor of the pro­jec­ts he rea­li­zes. Ros­sa­na Or­lan­di un­der­stood him and wel­co­med him to her la­bo­ra­to­ry. For her he crea­ted Equi­li­brium: a set com­po­sed by a ta­ble, a lamp and a seat. Evo­lu­tion of the the­sis work he pre­sen­ted at the Gra­due­tion Show of his Dut­ch al­ma mater ( 1). Art de­si­gn is the field wi­th whi­ch he feels at ea­se be­cau­se it al­lo­ws him to chal­len­ge ma­te­rials and phy­si­cal la­ws, al­ways loo­king for a ba­lan­ce on­ly to the ap­pea­ran­ce ex­tem­po­ra­neous. As sho­wn by E/ Re­vo­lu­tion of a Tu­be for the En­gli­sh gal­le­ry Seeds: a cy­lin­der of cor­ten that turns in­to a ta­ble or seat ( 3). But from the sin­gle piece Poletti is mo­ving to­wards its re­pro­du­ci­bi­li­ty. This is de­mon­stra­ted by the coa­tings se­ries Seg­men­ts de­si­gned for Bas­sa­ne­si De­co­ra­tors ( 2). We will see so­me beau­ti­ful ones. TA­BLEWEAR/ PLISSÈ by MI­CHE­LE DE LUC­CHI for ALESSI/ “Con­tou­red from a sheet of pa­per, Plissé is ma­de li­ke a beau­ti­ful sar­to­rial ob­ject: the folds gi­ve sha­pe to the sha­pe, mo­del it and struc­tu­re it.” Word of De Luc­chi who has rein­ter­pre­ted an icon dear to Ita­lian de­si­gn for a hi­sto­ric Ma­de in Ita­ly brand. In ther­mo­pla­stic re­sin, it co­mes in four dif­fe­rent co­lors. KIT­CHEN/ CONVIVIUM by AN­TO­NIO CIT­TE­RIO for ARCLINEA/ A pro­ject for the kit­chen en­vi­ron­ment born in 2002 that for 15 years has con­tri­bu­ted to chan­ging the way we en­joy this space of con­vi­via­li­ty and food pre­pa­ra­tion. The no­vel­ty of this ti­me­less and ever- cur­rent sy­stem is Clo­set. It is an ar­chi­tec­tu­ral vo­lu­me wrap­ped in a wood pa­ne­ling that re­veals a pre­cious de­tail: the bron­ze Pvd fi­ni­sh for steel sur­fa­ces. Mo­dus mo­du­lar doors and Vi­na re­fri­ge­ra­ted wi­ne cel­lar. OUT­DOOR/ SUN TAN COL­LEC­TION by PHILIPPE STARCK for KAR­TELL/ A tri­bu­te to the old- fa­shio­ned sea­si­de sty­le rein­ter­pre­ted in a pop key: light and stac­ka­ble di­rec­tor’s chairs and loun­ges wi­th hea­drests that de­fi­ne the uni­ver­sal sha­pe of pool fur­ni­tu­re. A work, con­duc­ted by Starck, of sub­trac­tion that strips the struc­tu­res of the su­per­fluous to un­veil the beau­ty of es­sen­tia­li­ty. Ma­xi li­nes, pat­terns and co­lors com­ple­te the ma­ster­pie­ce. kar­tell. com IN­TE­RIOR DE­SI­GNER OF THE YEAR/ In­dia Mahdavi/ An ar­chi­tect of Ira­nian ori­gins and ba­sed in Pa­ris, he is one of the mo­st in­fluen­tial crea­ti­ve fi­gu­res in the cul­tu­re of con­tem­po­ra­ry de­si­gn. It is no coin­ci­den­ce that Ti­me ma­ga­zi­ne lists her as one of the 10 mo­st in­fluen­tial con­tem­po­ra­ry in­te­rior de­si­gners. For us she is real­ly the be­st. When asked ‘ in what lan­gua­ge do you dream?’ The de­si­gner re­sponds wi­th amu­se­ment: ‘ I dream in co­lor’. An af­fir­ma­tion that to­ge­ther wi­th soft tou­ch de­fi­nes her per­so­nal

pro­ject ma­ni­fe­sto: it is enou­gh to look at her works to un­der­stand the pas­sion she cul­ti­va­tes for co­lors, soft ma­te­rials and con­tra­sting sha­des. So­me exam­ples? Tod’s Sloa­ne Apar­ta­ment in London whi­ch breaks tra­di­tio­nal pat­terns to sha­pe a pla­ce to sit do­wn ( 1); Ima­gi­na­ry Ar­chi­tec­tu­re, the whims pre­sen­ted in Ve­ni­ce in Sep­tem­ber this year, on the oc­ca­sion of Ho­mo Fa­ber ( 2) and Chez Ni­na, the club at the Ni­lu­far Gal­le­ry in Mi­lan ( 3). WALL­CO­VE­RING/ RI­LIE­VI by ZAVEN for CEDIT/ Eve­ry­thing starts from the short cir­cuit th­rou­gh whi­ch Ita­lian de­si­gners bring an ar­ti­stic ex­plo­ra­tion in­to the in­du­strial world to ma­ke it re­pro­du­ci­ble. The Ri­lie­vi se­ries was born to be a no­ma­ge to Ita­lian ce­ra­mics and to the work of the fa­mous ce­ra­mi­ci­st Ni­no Ca­ru­so. “We fell in lo­ve wi­th the th­ree- di­men­sio­na­li­ty of his works,” says Zaven. Hen­ce the col­lec­tion is the re­sult of an ela­bo­ra­te de­si­gn pro­cess that starts from a com­bi­na­to­rial work bet­ween two ba­sic ele­men­ts: a ce­ra­mic slab and an over­lap­ping th­ree- di­men­sio­nal ti­le that can be com­po­sed in in­fi­ni­te dif­fe­rent ways. FA­BRIC/ SCRAP_ CMYK by RIKAKO NAGASHIMA for KINNASAND LAB/ A fa­bric that co­mes from the re­co­ve­ry of pla­stic bot­tles and a pat­tern that re­calls prin­ting er­rors and ink stains pro­du­ced by to­ner at the end of a prin­ting. The pro­cess is that of the up­cy­cling that gi­ves new li­fe to a di­su­sed ob­ject, re­co­ve­red from a con­ti­nuous vir­tuous cy­cle. SEA­TING/ NEW­SON ALU­MI­NIUM CHAIR by MARC NEW­SON for KNOLL INT/ A con­ti­nuous li­ne dra­ws an ob­ject that seems to ri­se in space. The Br­no Chair by Mies van der Ro­he, by whi­ch New­son was in­spi­red, has ser­ved on­ly as a star­ting point: the de­si­gner has re­pla­ced the tu­bu­lar steel wi­th die- ca­st aluminum so as to ob­tain an ae­ro­dy­na­mic sha­pe who­se com­ple­xi­ty is hid­den. BA­TH­ROOM/ REFLEX by AL STU­DIO for ANTONIOLUPI/ A soft shell that pro­jec­ts light and sha­dow in­to the en­vi­ron­ment: it is the ba­th­tub de­si­gned by the Re­sear­ch Cen­ter of the Tu­scan com­pa­ny, built in Cri­stal­mood. Ma­de of a co­lo­red and trans­pa­rent syn­the­tic re­sin, re­si­stant and lighter than glass and so­lid sur­fa­ce. The new pa­ten­ted antoniolupi ma­te­rial, be­si­des am­pli­fy­ing the pu­ri­ty and har­mo­ny of the sha­pe, de­fi­nes a mi­ni­mal at­mo­sphe­re. The glos­sy fi­ni­sh of the ma­te­rial has pas­sed the an­ti- cor­ro­sion tests and re­sists ag­gres­si­ve ex­ter­nal agen­ts. FLOOR­CO­VE­RING/ GAR­DEN OF EDEN by IN­DIA MAHDAVI for GOLRAN/ Al­mo­st a flying car­pet, the one de­si­gned by the co­smo­po­li­tan in­te­rior de­si­gner is a hand- knot­ted pre­cious han­d­ker­chief that re­calls the Gar­den of Eden, hen­ce the na­me of the col­lec­tion. It is a tri­bu­te to the com­mon roo­ts of the de­si­gner and the brand, to the Per­sian tra­di­tion that re­co­gni­zes this sym­bo­lic mea­ning for this green space, en­clo­sed and con­fi­ned. BED­DING/ EREI by ELISA OSSINO for DE PA­DO­VA/ It de­cli­nes a con­tem­po­ra­ry idea of com­fort firm­ly an­cho­red to the brand’s he­ri­ta­ge: Erei is a sculp­tu­ral piece that am­pli­fies the ex­pres­si­ve streng­th of the pad­ded tech­ni­que, de­fi­ned by soft sha­pes and en­ve­lo­ping li­nes. A com­po­si­tio­nal choi­ce that com­mu­ni­ca­tes the sen­sa­tion of re­st and re­fo­cu­ses the ty­pe of bed­ding on the the­me of the sear­ch for sleep qua­li­ty. A de­si­gn phi­lo­so­phy mo­re con­tem­po­ra­ry than ever. Co­ve­red in lea­ther or vel­vet, the pad­ding in po­lyu­re­tha­ne foam and po­lye­ster wad­ding is an­cho­red to a steel and wood struc­tu­re. Net wi­th bee­ch ply­wood sla­ts, bed­si­de ta­bles that can be pla­ced si­de by si­de or along the ed­ge of the bed. de­pa­do­va. com

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