My latest fad (after Atelier furniture) is stilted furniture & sculpture. Below is a list of what has contributed to my fascination:
1. Whilst lunching at the house of a Venetian artist, Helene Ferruzzi, I found a small catalogue of Marcello Chiarenz. Super beautiful- pics below.
2. At Palazzo Fortuny (a part of Venice Civic Museums open only when a special exhibition is taking place) during the Biennale, Axel Verdoodt had a 14-foot rolling A-frame ladder with platform standing room at the top. At eye level its frame was used as a 'wall' and had a screen for a video installation piece to play.
In another room, an artists pedestal stood tall with a pivotable top platform for one to draw or work on a sculpture. However to reach its top, one would have to be standing on stilts or a very high chair.
3. At Nacho Carbonell's studio in Eindhoven, his free form creature-like objects had taken on new heights. A ladder lead to a cocoon space for one, suspended high in the air. A sandy organic finish completed his magic.
4. You might have seen Tim Walker's cover of a hanging iron frame bed donning the cover of Casa Vogue many moons ago, & it is still a delight & inspiration to me. Recently I was looking at photographer Ditte Isager's website & admired her swinging beds in this fab shoot
(I have had the pleasure of shooting & knowing Ditte from living in NYC).
I am going to use these ideas when concepting for the island project & definitely going to include my version of the Moooi swing
23, Nov 2011