on tuesday, 12 june luminaire chicago will host the opening reception of achille castiglioni 100. the exhibition will explore the designer’s creative process by deconstructing a curated selection of his most iconic designs to reveal the stories behind experimentation, assembly, and product all in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
join us for the presentation of new bough designs during neocon at luminaire chicago opening on june 12.
in association with luminaire and their celebration of 100 years of achille castiglioni, stickbulb will present its new bough collection made from limited edition heart pine. pulled from the ruins of the storied pullman couch company factory, which famously burnt down in sub-zero temperatures, and designed by rux, the founding team behind stickbulb, the branch-like led chandeliers will hover above fragments of the demolished building and next to an illuminated mural of the structure in its final moments.
For the past five years I’ve attended terrific installations created and presented by Luminaire: Miami in December during Design Miami at the Luminaire Lab and in June during Neocon at the Chicago showroom. 2014 was a very special year because the first showroom in Miami was 40 years old and Chicago 25. Luminaire founder Nasir Kassamali needed something / someone special to help celebrate the occasion. He invited long-time friend and collaborator Italian designer Piero Lissoni to lend a hand. 1:1 Piero Lissoni exhibition will be on display until 10 July 2014.
275 attended a lecture at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary art. Lissoni presents what he does best and few can claim – his range of mastery in product design, interior design and architecture. Here are a few comments I remember – ‘I was born six hours late and Alessi asks me to design a watch, insane!’; ‘Even with traditional material, you can do anything’; ‘If you design without decoration, it’s enough to be both precise and uncomfortable’; ‘It’s possible to do something only if somebody helps you’. His 60-minute presentation and self-deprecating demeanor conveys his playfulness and allows for 15 minutes of ‘what was I thinking?’ such as the lamp he was asked to design that elicited no light – very controversial with client – [ Once (in the blue) for Flos ]
over 550 attend a reception at luminaire and a book signing
A discerning and passionate visual coffee table book containing brief-thru-execution case studies including concept sketches and material resources.
exhibit on third floor
exhibit on third floor
one of three floors of showroom curated for 40th-25th anniversary
event> [ 1:1 piero lissoni ]
venue> third floor of the chicago showroom | 301 west superior | 312 664 9582
date> till 10 july 2014
1> chicago mca lecture
2>8 lissoni exhibit
9>13 luminaire chicago showroom
17>18 the book
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As part of an ongoing commitment to bringing the best in contemporary design to the public, Luminaire is honored to host internationally-renowned designer Omer Arbel, founder of Omer Arbel Office (OAO), a Vancouver-based design practice, and creative director of design and manufacturing house Bocci, for a lecture from 6-7pm at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed immediately by a stunning exhibition and reception at Luminaire Chicago.
Omer Arbel finds form in the intrinsic qualities of materials and the processes we have at our disposal to manipulate them. Thus, projects tend towards the particular rather than the universal, and have a formal appropriateness to them derived from physical, chemical or mechanical processes, rather then from abstract ideas in the author’s imagination. Direct access to high craft ateliers has meant that design at all scales is investigated as an analog, sculptural exploration, using technology only as a secondary analytical tool.
Arbel’s practice has evolved to intimately combining the fields of industrial design, architecture, manufacturing and materials research. “I am interested in the form of things, particularly because the only light we are able to perceive is reflected or diffused by form and the diverse materials from which form is made. Light reflecting from, or diffused by form, is a phenomena that is at once intimate and ephemeral… and the combination of these attributes – sensuality and transience – has the potential to lift the human experience from the ordinary to the extraordinary.”
Among his most notable pieces is the 2.4 Chair, which was critically acclaimed, and is currently considered a collector’s item. Many of Arbel’s pieces have gone into widespread production, most notably the 14 series chandelier, and 22 series plug socket, which also won a 2009 Red Dot Design Award. There are two built architectural works by Arbel, a penthouse interior, and a private residence called 23.2.
Arbel’s accolades include several Red Dot and iF Awards, A Yellow Pencil Yearbook Entry, the Ron Thom Early Design Achievement Award, a World Architecture Festival Shortlist and, with Corrine Hunt, the commission to design the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Medals.
This writer is a designer living in Chicago. The month of May signals many things but if you’re a bargain hunter in Chicago it signals ‘floor sample sale’ as showrooms prepare for Neocon. Two days left to find something neat at Luminaire. Luminaire’s not the only place btw, but… Just sayin. [ details ]
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