Hobnob toured and spotted some breathtaking examples of fine design during our event-driven weekend during NYCxDesign 2018.
The design showrooms in Soho united for mass appeal for three hours on Saturday, May 19th. I swear, every year Design Week offers more and more, presenting aesthetically-pleasing furniture, tools, and accessories to love and admire. I tried to get to all the showrooms, but there’s just too much to see. To follow are some of the gorgeous items that caught my eye.
This was the last stop on our jaunt, and it made for a grand finale indeed. Spotting the chandelier from the street, drew me in immediately. There we met Founder & CEO, Leon Jakimic fresh off the plane from the Czech Republic who shared the story of the brand and showed us all of Lasvit’s incredible installations around the globe.
The collection for the home is absolutely stunning with each of the pieces handblown in Bohemia. The chandelier spotted through the window, called Droplet, looked even more magical up close, with silver and clear teardrop shapes that reflected the light so beautifully.
Designer Yabu Pushelberg created Cipher, the slender cylindrical lights, with clean-cut vertical lines hand-etched into the glass. These were incredibly delicate, almost magical. Also by Yabu Pushelberg, stunning glassware of the Otto collection that was also hand-etched, and extremely handsome. These are the glasses that will elevate whatever you pour into them.
The Facet chandelier comes in clusters of 7, 19 , and 37, and creates an ice sculpture effect. Do pay a visit to this showroom if you can, I guarantee you will be wowed. lasvit.com
In the Cappellini showroom was an exhibit paired with S Pellegrino. Phillipe Nigro designed the metal vase with inspiration from the Italian water saying, “Which is the most immediate image that people have when thinking of S Pellegrino? The bubbles, of course. So I wanted to play with this iconic symbol.” It certainly made for a wondrous result. Also spotted on the scene, a pretty floral chair, Juli Jubilee by Werner Aisslinger. The room divider behind the chair is called Flower, coincidentally. cappellini.it
Calipso by Neil Poulton is an eye-catching cluster of tubes, whose surface was generated by feeding a photo of the moon into an image-based algorithm. Comes in blue, white, and gray.
A trio of oversized circles greeted us at the door. These are called Febe, designed by Ernesto Gismondi and Daniele Moioli. They are extremely thin, and minimal, but can cast enough light to illuminate an entire room. artemide.net
4 INGO MAURER
It’s always fun to witness the whimsical, and fantasy-inspired lighting by this German designer. Objects seem to come to life. The red aluminum fixture is called Luce Volante, designed by Ingo Maurer and Team 2012/2018. Behind is One New Flame by Moritz Waldemeyer, Ingo Maurer and Team, 2013. At the upper end of a sleek circuit board, suspended on fine wires, a candle flame seems to flicker.
Zettel’z Laughing Buddha Ingo Maurer expresses his fascination with Chinese porcelain figures. Laughing Buddha figures were printed on two sides of Japanese paper. Limited edition of 200.
Mozzkito by Ingo Maurer, 1996 still holds up and looks extremely fresh and modern. ingo-maurer.com
5 LEE BROOM
Eclipse, an minimal light with presence, also comes as a single pendant, chandelier. Love this British designer! Check out the website for another of my favorites: the Hanging Hoop Chair. leebroom.com