Best Of: product picks from Collectible Design Fair 2020
Artist Carlo Lorenzetti designed a bespoke his-and-hers bedside table made of clay. Designer Adrian Cruz referenced his Mexican heritage and Italian architectural training in his resin lighting fixtures. Emerging practices Supertoys Supertoys and Müsing - Sellés each exhibited rounded furnishings: a 24-foot table and a double-sided chair, respectively. Additional product highlights included a silicon table modeled into rock-like features, a heat-tempered curvilinear steel chair and a hand-bent sculptural lighting fixture. Read on for our top product highlights from the Collectible contemporary design fair 2020.
Cosmic Flower Table
"What if a table wants to be a flower?" ask Job Sleeves and Merle Flügge of Dutch practice Supertoys Supertoys. Cosmic Flower Table is the designers' answer to such a question: made of epoxy resin cast in a slightly translucent cantaloupe orange, it stands on 24 legs. The table is one of the studio's many projects blurring the boundaries between 'object as tool and object as artifact', a philosophy that postulates on what forms furniture might take on if animated and 'self-actualized'.
Müsing - Sellés with Kevin Lamyuktseung
A play on the perceptions of hard and soft, and a reconsideration of material roles: this is how Canadian-Spanish design duo Müsing - Sellés describes their Sausage Chair, a CNC-routed high-density polystyrene 'sausage' clung to a sheet of green -blue tinted glass. By seating two, the double-sided chair keeps the weight of the glass backrest balanced. The designers have been iterating on the rounded furniture trend since 2018.
Adrian Cruz Elements
Crediting his abuelo, who once ran a resin atelier in Mexico City, designer Adrian Cruz pays homage to his grandfather and native Mexico with Rotonda, a spherical bulb balanced atop two colorful resin plates. The cultural references don't stop there: having studied as an architect in Florence, Cruz drew inspiration from the floor plans of Italian villas when designing the the lamp's pure, Palladian geometries.
His-and-hers bedside tables - but make them bespoke and out of clay. Chicago-born, Eindhoven-based artist Carlo Lorenzetti has created perhaps one of his most personal works yet: to analyze Bedside 2 - one out of the two-part Beside series - is to read into the life of a woman, her bedside habits and contrast them against that of her partner's (Lorenzetti designed Bedside 1 for himself and Bedside 2 for his girlfriend, Katya). One of the table's most striking features is its bulbous, prominent lighting fixture, designed at hand-level to aid Katya's late-night knitting. At rear, a large ceramic pocket holds paperback books.
Since starting to experiment with silicon during her studies in Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Montreal-based Elissa Lacoste might claim to know a thing or two about the up-and-coming material. How, for example, to completely fool audiences into mistaking Lithic Desk for rock rather than carefully manipulated silicon. A copper table-top finish provides a smooth, hard surface to work on. As described by Lacoste, her work 'lingers between the real and the surreal while maintaining a hint of functionality.'
Is design going aerobic? A project described by Camp Gallery as 'intuitive' and 'physical', duo La Cube wrapped LED lights coated in blue metal along their bodies, twisting and turning until a desired form was achieved. From that came Untitled Blue, a work that allowed process to dictate form. La Cube founders Stefano Fusani and Clara Hernández merge their backgrounds as artist-designer and art historian to produce experimental works that combine art with design.
Living and working between Paris, New York and Mexico, Llewellyn Chupin's debut furniture collection - titled Terra - draws reference from the interior and furniture designer's time abroad. At once archetypal, opulent and earthy, the chair in question balances soft curves with solid material. Chapin's dreamy render style reveals the designer's penchant for art direction.
One Curve Chair
Objects with Narratives
By bending three steel planes along a trajectory and intersecting them, Nik and Robbe Vandewyngaerd of Objects with Narratives created One Curve Chair. Treating the 3mm-thin steel plates with an open flame benefited the design in two-fold: first, the heat revealed the steel's multi-hued material properties, producing colors ranging between yellow (achieved at 260 ° C) and blue (340 ° C). Second, tempering steel provided structural benefits, reducing internal stresses while increasing material strength and ductility.
The third annual edition of Collectible took place from 5 through 8 March 2020 at Brussels' Vanderborght Building.