In Milan, Luxury Objects Inspired by Industrial Parts
To kick off the Milan Furniture Fair — where we’ll be reporting from week — we have to talk about a favorite exhibition organized by NOV Gallery, the Swiss-based gallery who last year produced one of our favorite things in Milan. This year, rather than luxury, designers are exploring the theme of The New Readymade, so-named for the Duchamp term that’s become widely adopted by artists to describe work derived from existing industrial parts. Presented at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the show features 10 design projects culled from alumni of Swiss art and design schools, the interpretations of which are varied and covetable.
Our favorites range from a series called “Foam Me,” a collab between designers Manon Portera and Cecile-Diama Samb, where layers of recycled polyurethane are used to create teal, funfetti-like, interchangeable furniture pieces to “Funnel,” a stone umbrella stand by LeviSarha, with a working, aluminum piece perfect for catching rain. The “RTB Lamp” by Vincent Dechelette refers to “ready to blow/bright” and turns what could be a water bottle and cap into a beautiful blue glowing light source with a terrazzo stand. A favorite design duo here, Thévoz-Choquet, have reinterpreted the bike padlock with a stunning shelf and table made of transparent black glass called “Locked Objects.” Finally, with “Tole,” by Panter&Tourron, corrugated sheets — the kind you might see on a roof, funneling rainwater — are here turned into gleaming, lacquered aluminum sheets, used to make benches and seats of varying sizes.