|Gilt & Folly Presents Art by Christopher Wilcox|
|Tags: Art, Decor, Design, Natural Curiosities, Gilt & Folly|
Gilt & Folly
31 May 2012
Christopher Wilcox speaks to Gilt & Folly about Natural Curiosities
1. What is Natural Curiosities and who is Christopher Wilcox?
Natural Curiosities is an Art House based in Los Angeles. Their Studio is housed in a 1924 converted bowling alley on the Sunset Boulevard with a team of 18; a collection of artists, artisans, curators, collectors and designers. Natural Curiosities seeks to make art that is approachable by creating affordable, cherished and collectible pieces. Last year, Natural Curiosities supplied handmade pieces to more than 800 leading designers, premium lifestyle retailers and boutique stores across the USA and around the world. Christopher Wilcox is an artist, designer and entrepreneur who moved to California from England ten years ago. He is the owner and founder of Natural Curiosities.
2. What makes you different from other artists / art houses?
Natural Curiosities is a creatively-led business nurtured by the love and loyalty of an incredibly dynamic group of clients, both old and new. These individuals believe in the journey, and they have become loyal supporters of a belief that art is not a decorative accessory, but an essential part of design and, in Natural Curiosities case, artwork full of soul made by people who love what they do. Christopher Wilcox is acknowledged as an innovator by the US design community. He has created bespoke Collections for customers like Baker Furniture who are renowned their commitment to both the eye and the hand of great design. Natural Curiosities also provides artwork for movie and TV sets that has featured in hits like the Twilight Saga and House. Christopher has a growing reputation amongst a very select group of clients in Beverley Hills and the Hollywood Hills where he lives.
3. How do you think Natural Curiosities will fit into the Singapore Art scene compared to established artists from Europe who have made their name around the world before?
Christopher Wilcox is profoundly influenced by European and Asian Culture, and has successfully built Natural Curiosities alongside the Fine Art establishment in the USA. He celebrates Singapore’s drive to become South East Asia’s cultural and design hub - home to so many of the region’s most influential taste makers and is excited and energized to be introducing Natural Curiosities.
4. How do you think your aesthetics will be received by Asian collectors?
Art and history are partners in many of Natural Curiosities Collections, with an aesthetic that has been described as modern antiquarian. They create artwork with deep historical and cultural references that brings colour, sophistication, understated elegance and a well travelled wit to contemporary, casual and traditional interiors. These combined attributes are rare and they make Natural Curiosities artwork very desirable and collectible.
5. Why are your pieces not on limited releases?
Natural Curiosities creates artwork made-to-order by hand in their Los Angeles Studio, and they also provide a bespoke level of service. This offers a customized alternative to the limited-edition model where Natural Curiosities often creates special pieces that are actually often sold in even smaller quantities. This approach creates a new level of accessibility to "one-of-a-kind" artwork that many people desire, but few can afford.
6. Why do you allow your art pieces to be reproduced at the prices you hope to command?
Natural Curiosities strictly manages the supply of artwork to support premium pricing, and they create four new Collections every year. Christopher Wilcox believes that everyone should be able to aspire to own a piece of art that they love and cherish.
See photos from Christopher’s first show in Asia at Scotts Square: Curiouser and Curiouser
|Tags: Walter Knoll, Atelier, EOOS|
30 May 2012
Walter Knoll - Atelier Chair by EOOS
“Form follows function” – this legendary slogan by Sullivan has left its mark on generations of designers. Reduced form, visible function – the insignia of functional design.
But there is more to it than that today: the sensuousness of the minimalist. EOOS has taken the idea of functional clarity and given it its own interpretation. And even in the age of iPad and iPhone, we can see that functionality can be emotive.
The Atelier Chair is a gentle ascetic. Leather and steel are the skin and bones – minimised and timeless, elegant and sustainable. Taut leather stretches over the steel framework – just as you would expect of genuine tubular steel furniture.
The visible construction reveals the function of the chair. And ticking all the boxes: the patina effect – because leather does not reveal its true beauty until it is in use.
The headrest is easy to adjust. The leather slides over the neck roll, the height of the backrest changes. The leather gives way to your shoulder to ensure optimum comfort.
The ideal place for daydreaming, resting and relaxing (:
|Tags: Poltrona Frau, Juliet, Benjamin Hubert|
17 May 2012
Benjamin Hubert’s Juliet chair is the winning design of Poltrona Frau’s hundredth birthday International Design Competition to find Poltrona Frau’s Centenary Armchair.
The objective of the competition was to use the traditional upholstery techniques under the theme ‘a chair to spend time in’ and the pieces are judged under the categories of formal appearance, representation of the given theme, use and interpretation of leather and comfort.
Juliet stood out from eleven other designs, which included those from Nendo, Stephan Burks, Nika Zupanc, Constance Guisset and Daphna Laurens. It won over the hearts of judges with its design inspiration, which was used to communicate the characteristics of leather upholstery.
The outside of the chair utilises the flexibility and tensile strength of leather to describe a fluted traditional timber frame work where the shape of the timber can clearly be seen through the tight leather covering. This is contrasted by a ‘tri-pleated’ generous sitting area with a soft and loose appearance.
The Juliet Chair was launched at this year’s Salone Del Mobile as Poltrona Frau’s iconic limited edition collection as it aptly represents its company’s history and future.
It is inspired by the Juliet Sleeve which tightly fits the arm and has a large and yet graceful ‘puff’ constructed on the shoulders. The Juliet Sleeve was very fashionable in the 1980s and has its name from Shakespeare’s very well-known tragic heroine in his famous play Romeo and Juliet (:
|The Latest from Zanotta|
|Tags: Zanotta, Toi Small Table, Altopiano Sofa|
08 May 2012
Read what Zanotta's designers say about their own designs which were showcased during the Milan Furniture Fair 2012
TOI small table
"It's a timeless element that, thanks to an unseen mechanism, has a rotating top which reveals a spacious organizer compartment below, perfect for all those small objects that are part of our home lives. The decentralized rotating hub is the real pivot of a project that comprises the double functions of table top and discreet organizer."
"Many people nowadays seem to be living more than one life at a time. They have the capacity to change rapidly while remaining themselves. In the arc of a day they quite naturally pass from one situation, moment or context to another completely different one. These versatile, changeable and eclectic people have new attitudes and ways of being, that follow new ways of living. The sofa embodies the hub of domestic life; it becomes the place where multiple activities happen, each one with its own specific modes; a stage that is animated by many different characters. Party translates this change, not only adapting to contemporary living, but effectively recounting something about our present as well."
Ludovica + Roberto Palomba
"We've created a system of full and empty spaces, using the different depths to create a feeling of extended surfaces, where the different elements are like suspended planes in respect to the floor. At the basis of this project there is a study of material and research into textiles. For the final choice we were inspired by canvases, woven cottons and coarse fabrics."
Through these thoughts of the designers, we know Zanotta presents to us products that not only have exact purposes and precise functions, but also embody innovative and emotional qualities (:
|Milan at a Glance - Zanotta|
|Tags: Milan Furniture Fair, Zanotta|
04 May 2012
Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano 2012 – the world’s largest gathering of designers, buyers, media and manufacturers that happens rain or shine in April each year. It is the largest furniture trade fair of its kind in the world, showcasing the latest furniture and designs from all over the world.
The fifty-first Milan Furniture Fair launches on 17 April and runs until April 22 this year. Design houses included Zanotta, Poltrona Frau, Riva1920, Capellini, Cassina and many other great brands.
Zanotta was established in 1954 and is one of the leaders in Italian industrial design under the guidance of its founder Aurelio Zanotta. Since the beginning of the 1960s, Zanotta has won the international spotlight, thanks to the formal and technological innovations of its products. It is well-known for its collaboration with iconic designs notables such as Louise Campbell, Archille Castiglioni, Tito Agnoli and many other designers.
Zanotta’s collections today include armchairs, sofas, storage units, bookcases, chairs, tables, coffee tables and furnishing accessories. Its philosophy aims at harmonizing research and development, creating diverse manufacturing technologies. Zanotta’s pieces have determined its history and culture, giving space to research understood in all its components: aesthetic, formal, technological and sociological as well as market factors.
Currently the firm’s collections are distributed across over sixty nations, and we are proud to have Zanotta with us in Singapore at Proof Living.
Here’s what Zanotta has in store for us in Milan!
TOI side tables
SPILLINO coffee table
Images and information of featured products from Zanotta are coming up next!
Stay tuned (: