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.
28. April 2010
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, top designers, visions
Tags: Arik Lévy, Baccarat, Bellville, Christofle, Desalto, e15, EMU, Fractal Cloud lamps, imm cologne, imm cologne 2009, imm cologne 2011, industrial design, industrial designer, interior innovation award 2009, Köln, Ldesign, Ligne Roset, Living Divani, Maxit, Molteni, Paris, Philipp Mainzer, photography, Pippo Lionni, Svedese, video art, Vitra, Zanotta