We recently had the honour of being commissioned by Wallpaper* to design and create a series of products in collaboration with London based design studio FRANK for the sixth annual Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition.
Our collaborative concept was realised in the form of a vanity set, entirely handmade in our workshop from rare and obsolete cellulose acetate material. Comprising of six individual and lightweight elements specifically relating in scale, the same way as eyewear does to the body, the modular series comprises a hand mirror, three accessory trays, a lidded box and a vase. The trio of tray units sit individually or overlaid upon another, in conjunction with the additional three unique elements.
Utilising materials made specifically for the purpose of eyewear production, the varied colours and
patterns of which come alive at small-scale. Each singular piece has been crafted and finished using the specialist tools and traditional fastidious techniques of handmade spectacle production, in turn informing the scale, detailing and surface finishing.
These common objects having an alternative, unexpected vocabulary of form and finish; that of spectacles and the curated edit of materials. Resulting in a sophisticated yet functional contemporary vanity set that lends itself to a modern living environment.
Handmade is Wallpaper’s most proudly ambitious annual project, a groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design and the spirit of customisation. Acting as patron and creative director, Wallpaper* has for the past five years cherry-picked a selection of some of the world’s finest designers, artists, makers and manufacturers, commissioning unique furnishings, fittings, installations and artworks. The resulting one-off products are showcased during the annual Salone del Mobile, where the Handmade exhibition has become the must-see of the week.
Wallpaper* Arcade, Via San Gregorio 43, Milan – April 14-18 2015