Marie Le Fort
No one can pre-empt the next big creative trend like the bad boy of Spanish design, Jaime Hayon. Wire design was all the rage in the 1950s thanks to Harry Bertoïa’s chairs, and now Jaime Hayon has reinterpreted its use for Gaia & Gino with a collection of Grid Vases. Handmade by Turkish artisans who have mastered the art of sculpting and copper wielding, these containers evoke armor and fencing masks whilst recalling geometric Islamic traditions.
After the grid is made, Voids jewels designed by India Mahdavi for JEM – Jewellery Ethically Minded – are placed in the perforations. “For this collection, I borrowed the raw and graphic material from buildings – perforated sheet metal – to propose an architectural scale to the piece and create an interplay of positive and negative space.” Playing with scale, size and density, rings, cuffs and bracelets correspond to many modernist archetypes.
In the same way, the Echt suspensions by English designer Tom Dixon unfold in the air like crumpled metal, made from a vintage yellowed metal that would almost naturally make one think of the halo of a warm light or the flame of a candle.
With graphic patterns or faceted diffractions, it is also a question of contact with the Arboresence chandelier designed by Ora-Ito for la Maison Christofle
Or the Pikasso Trophy by Lebanese designer Karen Chekerdjian. In turn, they pay homage to modernist paintings and sculptures of the twentieth century, establishing a modern and timeless vocabulary.
Timelessness, a quality that inspired Italian designer Pucci de Rossi for his Noce de Bronze collection, exhibited at the Galerie Downtown. “For the first time, this exhibition has been created using a material that is impenetrable to the elements: bronze, has always been used to immortalize the great figures of history, as it alludes to eternal themes, such as light, all that is sacred, etc…” the artist explains. Here, bronze takes on many forms, alternating between patina black, polished mirror, golden, matte… In doing so, it proves itself to be a form of timeless fluidity.
Fluidity, light, rupture, reflective gold and silver – Wall Rupture by Thierry Dreyfus for Flos is a necessary synthesis of the metallic theme. Invisible, the light tears through the surface of the wall with an emblazoned scar. “To melt the light into the architecture? One has to have vision to imagine that… The result is superb; the light of Thierry Dreyfus is purely emotional,” concludes Piero Gandini, the director of Flos. It just goes to show that metal and metallic reflections, gold and silver, patina or copper bronze, inherently carry their fair share of dreams and creativity.