Israeli designer Arik Levy is one of the most sought-after masters of his trade, whereas the sphere of his activities, which every now and then even cross the boundary to art, seems nearly unlimited. Kristina Raderschad visited the successful designer in the new studio in Paris he recently moved in and gained insights into his working methods.
Opening the heavy iron door to Ldesign’s new studio in an ancient industrial building amidst the hip Parisian quarter Bellville, which Levy moved in together with his business partner Pippo Lionni, one is greeted by the concentrated atmosphere of a design factory. Here, a team of currently 20 creative professionals is working on about 200 projects – in an all-white loft-like room with a large ribbon glazing pointing to the street, which several low shelves subdivide into different departments. A meeting is taking place at the back of the office, a project team is discussing ongoing tasks at the conference table, telephones are ringing, conversations and a big hustle and bustle are filling the room. In one niche material samples, models, prototypes and custom-built products accumulate. Next to this spot one of the Fractal Cloud lamps is being assembled: Step by step the small, delicate neon tubes are being wired and stuck together to form a Gesamtkunstwerk.
In the context of the Cologne furniture fair in 1970 Bayer in cooperation with the Danish designer Verner Panton presented Visiona II, an almost breathtaking interior staging wallowing in colors and forms. On the occasion of the exhibition’s 40th anniversary we took another look at this much discussed concept.
“Barbarella” in the cinema and the Moon landing on TV: Once upon a time the future was so near that one could have almost nestled down in it. Interior landscape was the magic term that promised a sensual way of life freed from all conventions. And polyurethan, polyester, polypropylene etc. were the all-rounders from the chemical retort that opened up a whole new design perspective together with technological advancement, economical boom and social change: motley colors and buxom curves, desire beats reason. weiterlesen…
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As of late, Nils Holger Moormann is not just a designer and furniture maker but also a hostel operator. In Aschau, Bavaria, he has converted a heritage-protected building from the 17th century, which formerly served as bakery, Russian restaurant and most recently as a holiday home for pupils, into a hostel in Moormannic style.
“berge” is the name of this project, which comprises 13 individually designed apartments and is planned to establish itself as an unusual meeting point. “When we love mountains, we have to accept all their rules.” Nils Holger Moorman had good reasons to choose this wisdom uttered by French alpinist Jean-Christophe Lafaille for his berge project.
The magazine visions November 2008 has been published by imm cologne. visions covers interior trends, market trends and design trends as well as everything one should know about imm cologne, the world’s leading furnishing fair.
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- Interior living trends 2009
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