Objects of common interest
‘Future Archeology’ on Floor
View of the installation of “Objects of Common Interest: Hard, Soft and All Illuminated with Nowhere to Go” at the Noguchi Museum
Shapely Series seats for Dims
Athens and New York-based architects and designers Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis have been on Wallpaper’s radar since they started collaborating in 2012. We’ve included their architecture studio, LoT, in our 2014 architects directory. (W * 184), and have followed their work in designing on a smaller scale since they inaugurated the Objects of Common Interest in 2015.
“Objects of Common Interest didn’t start with the idea of creating a studio or a commercial line, but as a small-scale exercise,” Trampoukis told us in 2017. “It was an extension of the work with l ‘architecture and make it more abstract, ”Petaloti added. “We are interested in volumes and their interaction, creating shapes and abstract elements that become objects”.
Over the past year, this mission has been brilliantly explored through exhibitions and multidisciplinary collections, both in the virtual and physical world. They immersed themselves in the world of Isamu Noguchi and his links with their native Greece through an exhibition at the Noguchi Museum in New York, presenting objects inspired by the artist, as well as a digital portal developing his experiences in the United States. United. They have also gone completely digital with Perfettooo !, a virtual exhibition platform organized by Maria Cristina Didero and Annalisa Rosso, for which they have created imaginary spaces fusing objects, collages, architecture, music and video.
Their characteristic aesthetic, characterized by compositions of soft geometries, has been applied to the furniture collections of galleries such as Etage Projects in Copenhagen, Nilufar in Milan and Carwan in Athens. Not limited to stationary objects, they created “Doric Columns, Kinetic Object” for Kvadrat Febrik, a pair of fabric-covered sculptures inspired by classical architecture.
“I love their ability to use shapes individually and consistently,” says Luca Guadagnino, Wallpaper * Design Awards judge, who praises their ability to fill a space with objects, beyond their immediate function. They are “quiet but impressive, smart but delicious,” adds Judge Ilse Crawford, who cites their simple upholstered stools and benches for Dims as a prime example of furniture she would use in her interior projects. She also admires their respect for history (“without being historic”) and the discretion of their work: “a design that does not need to shout to be exceptional”.
Bethan laura wood
One of the most exciting furniture launches of 2021, Bethan Laura Wood’s ‘Ornate’ collection for Nilufar gave us a good indication of the London-based designer’s abilities. Created with Nilufar and in collaboration with four specialist companies (Alpi for wood veneer, Neal Feay for aluminum, Barbini for mirrors and longtime collaborator Pietro Viero for glass), the collection is inspired by boudoir, kimonos, jewelry design and insects, and featured a colorful, detail-oriented aesthetic that nodded to Wood’s historical and iconographic research, while being extremely contemporary. “Bethan was able to respond in an amazing way to one of the most difficult challenges for a designer: she renewed her techniques, the processes, the materials she used and the narrative she applied to each project. Nilufar founder Nina Yashar told us earlier this year. Other projects confirm Wood’s ability to adapt his maximalist and richly chromatic approach to a variety of mediums, from glass vases with Venini for the Cassina I Contemporanei collection, to an ever-expanding series of rock-inspired rugs for CC. -Tapis, and a collaboration with Dior, for which she created an altar-shaped structure for the Miss Dior perfume bottle.
A piece for the ‘Hardware Shop Project’
Earlier this year, Hangzhou-based designer Mario Tsai was nominated by former Wallpaper * Designer of the Year (and creator of the Design Awards) Nendo as the Creative Leader of the Future for the ‘5×5 For Wallpaper’s 25th anniversary. “He’s a designer who seems to go back to ‘roots’, such as the process of making things, the principles of nature and the laws of physics. It’s like a scrapping and building process with a completely different methodology. He’s been active in various fields before, but I would love to see his architecture work someday, ”said Nendo founder Oki Sato. Tsai’s design work includes the self-produced “Mazha” lighting series, characterized by modular lighting systems, and pieces for clients such as Danish furniture company Woud Design. His work goes beyond the simple design of furniture and objects, as he is the curator and creative director of Designew, a platform that promotes collaborations between young Chinese designers and local manufacturers to create works of art. pioneering design. Tsai’s latest collaborative initiative includes the “Hardware Shop Project,” a pop-up in Shanghai in December 2021 featuring open source functional design ideas created using everyday materials and discarded.
‘Palafit’ ships for the ‘Empathic’ exhibition
In recent years, the volume of exceptional designs produced by the Danish-Italian duo GamFratesi has grown exponentially. In the past year alone, products created in collaboration between husband and wife team Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi have included home and car scent diffusers for Acqua di Parma and Poltrona Frau, as well as a series of graphic screens in leather for the Tolentino. based furniture company. Working between scales, they created palafitte-inspired glass vessels for the ‘Empathic’ glass exhibition curated by Luca Nichetto, and a nine-piece tableware collection for Royal Copenhagen, titled “Royal Creatures” and featuring a whimsical take on classic blue and white Flora Danica designs populated by birds, insects and sea creatures. Other furniture designs include the ‘Lido’ and ‘Patio’ indoor and outdoor furniture collections for Minotti, as well as the ‘Violin’ chairs and the ‘Flaneur’ sofa for Gubi, which explore iconic designs. of the past while adopting contemporary visual codes.
Ini Archibong’s African Diaspora Pavilion was launched during the London Design Biennale in June 2021 and became a destination for debate, discussion and celebration during the month-long event (in addition to receive the medal for best design). “We cannot continue to talk about culture and design without recognizing how the African diaspora has contributed and influenced the creative industry. Black creativity has had an impact on all corners of the world, ”he told us before the launch of the pavilion. This theme has been a constant preoccupation for Archibong and was also part of his first solo gallery exhibition, titled “Hierophany,” at Friedman Benda in New York. Through four collections (including furniture, lighting and sculptural pieces), Archibong explores his life’s interests in global cultures, mathematics, philosophy, mythology and world religions, with particular emphasis on his own Nigerian ancestry. Most recently, four of his creations were part of the new Afrofuturist period room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled “Before Yesterday We Could Fly”. On the more commercial side of the spectrum, Archibong’s latest collaborations include a collection of chromatic wallpapers for Calico and a collection of chairs for Knoll: named “Iquo”, named after his grandmother and mother (that’s also her daughter’s middle name), and with a series of feminine curves translated into an airy and durable design. The name, explains a note accompanying the collection, “means ‘powerful voice’ and honors the legacy of the great women from which he and his daughter come.”