It’s always a tricky thing, negotiating a contemporary brief with an existing heritage space. While many designers might obsessively refashion a square peg for a round hole, revealing as little evidence of this process as possible, Spanish architect Francisco Javier Eguiluz takes the opposite approach. Instead, he expresses some of the incongruous quirks that result from this process. Dog legged floor finishes, new rooms that straddle over two existing rooms and the deliberate expression of demolished walls. This is a space that does not try to paper over its past.
Tucked in the middle of the up-and-coming Groen Kwartier, The Jane Antwerp is the much anticipated establishment of star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril. Housed within the chapel of a former military hospital, the restaurant’s interior was the charge of Dutch designer Piet Boon who enlisted the help of a number of extremely awesome collaborators on commissioned elements.
You are looking at the Mandala No.1 by South African lighting company Willowlamp. This massive illuminated light sculpture was inspired by Islamic patterns, extruded to create a three-dimensional form with complex interlocking geometry…
In a highly publicised and much talked about event, French crystal house Baccarat presented an exhibition which featured reinterpretations of classic chandeliers by eight internationally renowned designers – Philippe Starck, Michele De Lucchi, Eriko Horiki, Jaime Hayon, Yann Kersalé,Arik Levy, Alain Moatti & Henri Rivière.
Exhibition took place at Palazzo Morando (Via Sant’Andrea 6) in a series of cascading rooms with dream-like scenery and soundscapes. My personal favourites were the chandeliers by Eriko Horiki who combined Japanese Washi paper with crystal; Jamie Hayon’s sweet little Candy Light and Philippe Starck’s quirky and highly conceptual “Marie Coquine” chandelier which was housed within an umbrella hanging off a support tripod structure on castors and counterbalanced by a boxing bag (WHAT? I know, it’s sounds crazy, but trust me – it’s awesome)…