|Weaving It Right - Kenneth Cobonpue on Cubes|
|Tags: Great Outdoors, Cubes Indesign, Kenneth Cobonpue|
2 July 2012
"Kenneth Cobonpue is easily the most successful Southeast Asian furniture designer to have penetrated the international market. His workds can be found in luxury hotels around the world, in celebrity homes, on television and feature films, and even in music..." - Cubes June/July 2012 Pages 69-70
Kenneth Cobonpue shares about learning the value of being original through his mother and his fulfilment in being able to able to build whatever comes to his mind and making it work.
Have an enjoyable read by clicking on the images to have them enlarged (:
|Milan Design Village - Poltrona Frau|
|Tags: Milan Design Village, Poltrona Frau|
Poltrona Frau11 June 2012
Seven cube houses, all cement grey like the floors, emerge from the ground to different heights. On each rooftop, armchairs and furniture from the new 2012 collection covered in chalk white. Essential shapes. Metaphysical. Like a prototype of living.
And then the surprise of finding them, identical yet always different, in an iridescent world of materials and colours, inside each single cube. In all its sizes, in the setting imagined by Paola Navone at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation.
Each house is a set of chromatic and tactile vibrations. Where leather, material and wood exist in a game of mirrors with the wallpaper, with the rugs and the big Barovier & Toso coloured glass chandeliers.
The room becomes liquid and marine, in Polynesian blue and teal green.
Or ostentatious and elegant, with golden beams mixed with olive green.
Or again, dreamy and suspended, with silver pixels scattered on the walls and the lightest and softest blue furniture.
The different interpretations and points of view continue in the setting dedicated to the design contest, launched by Poltrona Frau among 12 of the most talented contemporary designers, to celebrate the first one hundred years of the company.
Twelve triangular spaces set in sequence. Only one of them encloses the winning armchair, symbol of the centenary.
Juliet, designed by Benjamin Hubert. Each of the other spaces encloses an iconic Poltrona Frau seat, like Vanity Fair, Intervista and Archibald, all covered in the softest Pelle Frau® Soul cement grey, with a video in which each designer explains their project. It is like an invitation to have a seat and enjoy a ride in the brand’s past, to see and discover its future, in the different interpretations given by designers from all over the world.
Inside the triangular spaces the iconic pieces of Poltrona Frau are covered with the neutral cement grey colour, with a mirror-like mechanism on the roof of each home, the same armchairs are seen in eccentric and surprising colours.
Salmon for Vanity Fair. Fuchsia for Willy. Light blue for Aster X. Extravagant colours that, from the upper galleries of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation, act as a counterpoint to the neutral shapes of the new pieces for 2012, exhibited on the rooftops of the cube houses.
The contrast between colour and non-colour, between realistic and abstract shapes, between past and future runs through the whole setting and is summarized in the “piazzas” formed between each volume. Where white seats are alternated by Pelle Frau® Century seats, that offer a century of history through warmth, softness and tones.
After a century of history, Poltrona Frau expresses itself through a continuous change of perspective. To value the consolidated experience, the design momentum, the universal value of ideas and the intelligence of the hands that make each piece of furniture a reality with a thriving and unique character.
And in a further visual change, a mysterious wooden tower placed on the second floor of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation catches your attention. A game of lights and shadows created by LEDs set all around the ground. Inside, shrouded in total darkness and revealed by a single beam of light, is one charismatic icon. The 1919 armchair. Videos projected on two big flags in fabric offer information about the designers, the craftsmanship, the furniture that has made the history of Poltrona Frau through time.
It is a set designed by Michele De Lucchi that announces the grand opening of the Museum in Tolentino, at Poltrona Frau’s plant. A structure designed also by De Lucchi, which will tell from the inside the historical process of the company, proposing itself as a constantly evolving vital place. A meeting point with the public and tribute to a territory where the manufacturing of leather is a consolidated tradition.
|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
|Meet Kenneth Cobonpue on 15 Feb at Great Outdoors!|
|Tags: outdoor furniture, kenneth cobonpue, designer launch|
Kenneth Cobonpue uses a vast array of native, materials in his work, forming the trademarks of his
furniture, which have made them renown around the globe.
His creations have been featured in several American films and shows, and can also be seen in the
homes of Hollywood’s TV personalities ranging from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to Gordon Ramsay
and Janet Jackson.
The GREAT OUTDOORS Opening Party!
Join us for the grand opening of Great Outdoors
and meet award-winning designer,
Wednesday 15 February
20 Devonshire Road
See more info here.
|Happy Father`s Day|
|Tags: Masculine Furniture Design|
|3 June 2011
Give your father a memorable Father's Day celebration with designer pieces from Proof Living. Below are some masculine designer pieces suitable for the hardworking Dads around us!
Vitra - Cité Armchair designed by Jean Prouvé
Walter Knoll - FK Bucket Chair by Preben Fabricius & Jørgen Kastholm
The Devil Wears Prada sits on FK. Like Meryl Streep on the screen, aficionados worldwide worship its unmistakable appearance: FK – the unique form, the clear contours, the perfect lines. The bucket seat is an icon of minimalism in design. This new interpretation of a classic emphasises the outer shell. Chic and clean, shining and stylish. The leather cover on top, inviting and familiar. The new executive chair – not only for diabolic editors-in-chief. Devilishly good.
Poltrona Frau - Kennedee Sofa designed by Jean-Marie Massaud
Poltrona Frau - Oceano Trunk designed by Andree Putman
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|Marcel Wanders: The Design Maverick|
|Tags: Marcel Wanders, Designer|
|7 March 2011
Dutch designer Marcel Wanders is celebrated for his wit, humour and flamboyance. But his ultimate goal is to produce works that endure.
(Photo credited to Kettal. Marcel Wanders for Kettal, Atmosphere Collection)
It’s easy to strike Marcel Wanders off as a sensationalist. His Airborne Snotty series of vases, for instance, are modelled on three-dimensional scans of airborne mucus expelled during a sneeze - not quite the subject of polite conversation. Then there are the provocative advertising campaigns for Moooi, a studio he set up in 2001, featuring nude male and female models in acrobatic positions: swinging from chandeliers, doing splits atop sofas, or balancing pieces of furniture on their limbs. It’s not that Wanders craves attention. Rather, he derives great pleasure from seeing his works elicit a response from the public.
Listen to a snippet of our interview with the design maverick:
About Marcel Wanders
The 2007 Visionary Award winning artist of the New York Museum of Arts and Design. Born in the Netherlands, he is one of the most significant designers on the international stage. He has been awarded numerous prizes and his designs have been selected by the most important design collections in the world, such as MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the V&A Museum in London.
Magical Fairy Outdoors: Kettal - Atmosphere
Designed by Marcel Wanders
Kettal Atmosphere is a project that conveys all of the magic and energy of its creator, Marcel Wanders. Inspired by early-century pavilions, Kettal Atmosphere is an enveloping collection where light, sound and shape combine to create a unique atmosphere and lifestyle. The system consists of a totally configurable aluminium pavilion and contemporary
furniture set inspired by bygone days.
Cappellini - Wanders' Tulip Armchair
Designed by Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders and Cappellini confirm that designing is also and fundamentally about having fun: Wanders’ Tulip Armchair is an important product, but fresh and happy, a reinterpretation of the lengthened and oversized dimensions of the classic armchair. Mimicking the stem of a flower, a shiny revolving base in dark varnished metal provides support.