Tag: Jean Nouvel

Belle of the Ball …

Image Courtesy Belle Magazine

Image Courtesy Belle Magazine

Have you managed to pick up the latest (April) issue of Belle Magazine?  You can’t miss it on the newsstand, with the cover sporting the hottest splashes of orange since brekkie.

EMU’s Mia stool, designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel is featured in the Get Sporty” SPY Trend pages, artfully pieced together by Belle’s Interior Design Editor Steve Cordony.  Get to your local newsagent and pick up Belle – it’s a bumper issue!

Image Courtesy Belle Magazine

Image Courtesy Belle Magazine

Image Courtesy Belle Magazine

Image Courtesy Belle Magazine

The impressive MIA collection strips back visible elements and unnecessary detailing, giving a nod to functionality whilst providing a certain minimalist joy.

Nouvel stated about MIA:

I was looking to create an archetypal outdoor chair… something that could become a contemporary reference, as XIX century chairs were in historical public gardens.

From the chair, the entire collection was born.  Containing two types of folding tables, a stool and a chair (with optional arms) all available in various colours. Originally slated as outdoor pieces, MIA is quickly taking pride of place indoors as well.

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Utilising simple clean cut lines comprising aluminium and steel, Nouvel has created pieces which are sturdy and light, perfect for their original intended destination of the contract and hospitality market.  Each piece holds an ability to either fold, hang or stack for easy cleaning and storage, which logically render MIA perfect for residential purposes also.

The entire MIA collection is available at KE-ZU.

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Sapey So Good…

Teresa Sapey, the talented Italian architect, interior and industrial designer has our attentions today, and not only because of the abundance of interesting and quirky photographs of herself, or her enviable design mantra:

It is to move emotions that I work with spaces, I’d go for provoking just about any kind of feeling, no matter what it is (…whether like or dislike, I do not really care).  From my personal point of view, architecture should provide a varied range of sentiments to be considered both inspiring and useful

Sapey is quite the fascinating character.  The Italian born talent was educated in various parts of the world including the prestigious Parsons School of Design.  Sapey’s career is a cocktail of interesting, smart and invariably aesthetically pleasing work.

The multi-faceted creative appears to attain Midas-touch like abilities to every project she sets sinks her teeth into.  Working in the fields of architecture, interior design, installations and furniture design, all of her work bears the aesthetic Sapey stamp of playing with highly saturated colour and pattern – in turn making spaces vibrant and a whole lot of fun.

Her workings with plastics, including her teachings of Plastic Investigations internationally have laid an easy path to many collaborations on projects with Spanish manufacturer Vondom including recently launched Adan, outdoor vase, light and table and Chrismy, the illuminated Christmas tree in various sizes, together with previously Chemistubes, outdoor vase and light – all of which are available at KE-ZU.

Recently, Sapey was invited to be one of 18 architects (including current greats such as John Pawson, Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel) working collaboratively on the Hotel Puerta América Project, a hotel in Madrid, each part of the hotel being designed by a different architect, Sapey designing the carparking – the outcome far more interesting than it may initially sound.

Sapey’s foray into the design world is evident of a truly talented artist.  But don’t just believe us, the magnificent 57 page online portfolio is testament to such a visionary – you can find it here. Her catalogue available at KE-ZU is available here.

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A Nouvel Idea…

Prominent French architect Jean Nouvel (pictured above) was awarded the highly-acclaimed Prtizker Prize for Architecture in 2008, the jury citing in their rationale:

His inquisitive and agile mind propels him to take risks in each of his projects, which, regardless of varying degrees of success, have greatly expanded the vocabulary of contemporary architecture.

Nouvel is the man who brought us the Torre Aigues de Barcelona, the Arab World Institute in Paris, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, One New Change in London and the Dentsu Building in Tokyo.  He is the man with the plan, and has his troupe of architects currently have many exciting projects in the works.

With this is mind, we take this opportunity to introduce to you the MIA Collection of furniture available at KE-ZU, designed by Jean Nouvel and manufactured by Italian supplier EMU.  Launching at Orgatec 2012, Nouvel designed the collection from flat metal bars specifically for the restaurant Mia, located in the RBC Design Centre in Paris.  The RBC Design Centre is a design manifesto intending to showcase to visitors the leaders in design, production and distribution.  MIA is a collection of furniture which understands the needs related to these three facets and now takes pride of place in the EMU catalogue.

Nouvel stated about MIA:

I was looking to create an archetypal outdoor chair… something that could become a contemporary reference, as XIX century chairs were in historical public gardens.

And that he did.  By stripping back visible elements and unnecessary detailing, the MIA collection is aesthetically reduced to essentials, giving a nod to functionality and minimalist joy, yet packed with hidden features.

From the chair, the entire collection was born.  Containing two types of folding tables, a stool, and chairs with optional arms all available in various colours.

Utilising simple clean cut lines comprising aluminium and steel, Nouvel has created  pieces which are sturdy and light to assist their purpose around the contract and hospitality market, each having their own ability to either fold, hang or stack for easy storage and cleaning.

Originally slated as outdoor pieces, the MIA Collection is quickly finding itself pride of place indoors also.  In our recent Orgatec 2012 Report (emailed to some of you recently) we brought you the new EMU release, high-powered magnetic cushions manufactured in top-Italian mould-impeding fabric “EMU-TEX”.  These magnetic cushions are the perfect accompaniment to any MIA product, available in assorted colours.

We recently stumbled upon a video montage of Mia and Nouvel – you can watch the video here.

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MILAN:2012 | EMU…

French Architect Jean Nouvel has created for EMU of Italy, a comprehensive family of chairs, stools and tables that he hopes will form a collection of contemporary archetypal outdoor furniture pieces – as recognisable in time as 19th Century public garden furniture is in Europe, today

The aluminium extruded designs are a study in simplicity, engineering and practicality.

Available as a chair, armchair, low chair, stool and folding table, the collection is premeditated and delivered as the 21st Century answer to outdoor cafe and hospitality furnishings.   Currently MIA is offered in Red, Black, White and Grey.

Despite his immesurable experience across many design disciplines, Nouvel attributes this project as one of the most challenging he has ever faced!

Click the image above to see the launch video.

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INSTALLED: The Clift Hotel, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Clift Hotel and Redwood Room are iconic destinations in their own right, not least for some pivotal pieces of design history that they play host to.

First opened in 1915,  the smart 17 storey building underwent a complete $80m overhaul  in 2001 under the guidance of one Mr Philippe Starck and celebrity hotelier Ian Schrager.  A moody-melange of classical elegance and edgy surrealism, the evocatively-dim lobby is riddled with quirky furnishings: from Salvador Dali‘s rare bronze-and-marble Leda Table for BD Barcelona, a  loveseat fashioned out of buffalo horns and hide to a brilliant Jean Nouvel designed reception desk.   Renè Magritte too is present in Roberto Matta‘s Magritta Chair, essentially an oversized apple in an upturned bowler hat.  Part foyer – part 20th Century industrial design gallery, it wouldn’t surprise us if half the refurbishment costs went on the foyer alone!

Upon entry all eyes of course gravitate to the 12 foot high upholstered armchair that sits proudly in the lobby, backed by an equally imposing 18 foot high bronze fireplace.  Lighting too is given a surrealist touch with inclusion of Salvador Dali’s Muletas, Bracelli and Cajones lamps dotted throughout public areas.  Jean Baptiste Mondino‘s portraits of toy animals in the “Living Room” lobby bar are another quirky addition.  Almost fantasy, completely luxe and with a healthy dose of homour: to say the space is dramatic wouldn’t do The Clift justice. When in San Francisco, if not staying there then popping in for a drink is a must!

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Down By The Danube…

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Pritzker prize winning Architect Jean Nouvel signed off on the Sofitel Vienna in December last year.

From the street, sheer walls finished in glass and steel – some at atypical angles, trade surprisingly well within the subdued hues of historic Vienna.  Ultimately though, these elements belie the moments of riotous colour and haphazard geometry that jump out sporadically from internal balconies, feature ceilings and wall detailing.  The panoramic double height top floor restaurant offers sweeping views across Vienna, the canopy of colour overhead imbuing a sense warmth even when the city beyond the huge panes of glass is dusted in winter snowfall.   Rafa Garcia‘s luxurious Artica Armchairs for Sancal were selected by Nouvel for the same reason. Their crisp, formal lines reflect the language of the external architecture all the while providing superior comfort and warmth for the user.

© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo

The prolific Frenchman has been turning his hand to International projects further and further afield with Australia soon to get it’s own taste of the  Ateliers Jean Nouvel at Central Park, Sydney.  Having designed One Central Park for Fraser Property Group, the Frenchman’s dramatic foliage-clad residential tower with cantilevered mirror elements and Babylonic gardens will play neighbour to Frank Gehry’s forthcoming  “Wrinkly” Business Faculty for the University of Technology, Sydney.

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YOU-ZU: Kirsten Stanisich

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN AT SJB AND NSW COUNCILLOR OF THE DIA, KIRSTEN HEADS A BRILLIANTLY TALENTED TEAM AT THE CENTRE OF A MULTI AWARD WINNING MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE.  HEAD OVER TO SJB TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE SCOPE AND QUALITY OF THE WORKS THEIR PORTFOLIO BOASTS.

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