New talent - that's something this blog is always on the look out for. Especially when it can help our interiors become talking points with things that are all new and shiny and jaw dropping clever and (the list goes on). So as the lineup for the London Design Fair is revealed and the new Designers added, here are a few picks that will delight those looking for authentic and original designs.
MATTEO CIBIC STUDIO - ITALY
Matteo Cibic Studio is a creative company based in Milan and Vicenza in Italy. In the past 10 years he and his team has developed products and creative ideas for international companies, private collectors and cultural institutions. The objects created by his studio have been exhibited and purchased by renowned international museums such as Musee Pompidou – Paris, Museum of Glass – Shanghai and Triennale Design Museum – Milan.
He has also collaborated with Bosa to create Domsai, desk terrariums (shown below), and with Secondeme to create Transgenic Lights table lamps. Using an experimental approach to create his designs, Matteo Cibic blends various materials and production techniques for the formation of truly intriguing pieces with a twist of surreal.
Previous designs include the POM POM lamp for Calligaris.
SLASH OBJECTS - USA
Brooklyn deisgn firm Slash Objects was founded in 2013 as a multidisciplinary firm bridging physical and virtual spaces. Working from architecture and product design to digital, web, and app, the firm explores design as an experience through varied mediums. They work on the investigation of material and form.
Slash Objects formally launched in 2016 with an inaugural line of objects unified by the use of appropriated materials to create beautiful juxtapositions. Simple and geometric forms define the bounds wherein new connections are made. The Slash Objects line integrates the use of an industrial material made of 100% post consumer recycled rubber. By pairing rubber with brass, marble and concrete, the collection imagines new ways for materials to come together. All of the cast pieces are hand made in their Brooklyn studio to order.
All photos: Slashed Object
Louis Jobst - United Kingdom
Louis Jobst's work is inspired by both functional and sculptural form. The choice of material is an important one; by connecting with ‘a material’s rawness’, he often finds the process of making is as significant as the end product. Jobst is interested in the juxtaposition between robust materials and rigorous processing, thus creating an unconventional and blemished effect. This in contrast reveals the elegance and delicacy of the components.
Through designing and making sculptural lamps and furniture, Jobst transforms large-scale industrial processes into small-scale batch produced products. His passion for architectural forms such as arches, columns and monoliths are expressed in this work. These are presented through a contrasting palette of materials, textures and colours, resulting in his unique style.
Jobst first trained as an architect, working for practices such as Carmody Groarke, where he gained an interest in high quality construction materials and simple geometric forms. In 2013 he began working for the renowned Mike Smith Studio, collaborating on major art fabrication projects both in the UK and abroad. This has provided Jobst with skills and experience working with a vast range of materials and across a broad range of scale.
You can also find him on Instagram here.
Katie Gillies Surface Design - United Kingdom
Working with different abrasives, pigments and processes, Katie Gillies creates bespoke surfaces for clients. Alongside her projects and orders she is keen to experiment and develop more prototypes, samples and one-off pieces for customers. Katie graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2015 specialising within Surface Design.
Since July 2016 she has been building a company which specialises in bespoke surfaces that can be applied to exterior, interior and retail industries. Her studio is based in Nottingham, UK and is also currently undertaking a residency at Leeds College of Art. You can also find Katie on Instagram here.