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Cabinet of Curiosities: Highlights of WonderGlass at Maison et ObjetWednesday 24 January 2018
Cabinet of Curiosities: Highlights of WonderGlass at Maison et Objet – At Maison et Objet 2018 in Paris, luxury brand WonderGlass presented their conceptual “Cabinet of Curiosities” installation that, without surprised, turned heads at the Parisian event.
Pushing the boundaries of creativity, surprise and imagination, the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ featured some of our finest works and invited visitors to look beyond the light and view up close the capabilities of WonderLab, the laboratory of innovation and technology at WonderGlass.
The installation, divided into quadrants, showcased an object framed against large backlit photographs created in the Italian Dolomites. The images, part of an update to the WonderGlass DNA, a contrast of nature and human creation, featured brilliant smoke clouds of hot pink and azure blue, or the idiosyncratic addition of colourful balls to dramatically evokes the union of dream and reality in exquisite creations. The layering of object and visual art in the cabinets provided the optical illusion of an installation that spanned well beyond the dimensions of the space.
There were several featured works of WonderGlass at this stunning installation and now CovetED is going to tell you a little bit more about them. So stay with us for the next paragraphs.
Marcel Wanders – Calliope – inspired by Japanese calligraphy and created from hand-blown Murano glass, the floating, illuminating pendants have an adaptable design that can expand to create a full ceiling and room installations as either a cluster or as a single element.
WonderLab – Brick – beneath Calliope, the ground was brought to life with cast glass bricks infused with a variety of colours, demonstrating the ability of our WonderLab artisans to incorporate glass creations into projects of any scale.
Claesson Koivisto Rune – Grappa – creates beauty through variation within repetition. The lights are arranged like a bunch of grapes on a vine, formed of similar shapes yet each is slightly varied in size. The forms are made of translucent glass, allowing the LED light source to glow from within and can be customised to allow for different combinations and arrangements.
Dan Yeffet – Hollow – on display in smoky grey and in blue, the floor sculptures make light their object in the context of architecture and glass. This design captures light like never before and shapes it as a basic element. The design interprets a dialogue between natural elements, traditional design and technology and takes it centre stage accentuating the space it occupies and bringing matter to the forefront.
Nao Tamura – Lab Edition – inspired by the moment when the sun hits the surface of a lagoon and how this creates a lens effect in water. Tamura was particularly inspired by how this effect captures a ‘spark’ then transforms into a source of light.
Hideki Yoshimoto – Rise – Focuses on the organic shapes of water bubbles and the refraction of light. Supported by WonderLab, Yoshimoto challenged the complex way light transmits and reflects inside different materials, resulting in a mesmerising visual effect. Yoshimoto’s work seeks to capture a dynamic moment in time and is reminiscent of air rising through the water, suggesting the possibilities of life below; a presence that we cannot see but are inspired to imagine.
Image & Material Source – WonderGlass
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