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WonderGlass at Salone di Mobile

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SEEN loves to see the beautiful designs that grace the Salone di Mobile. Very often these pieces make their way to Britain and particularly to London, so we keep a keen eye on the prestigious design fair. This year did not disappoint; gorgeous lighting by leading designers was the order of the day as, in celebration of their new launches, Wonderglass created a special lighting installation at the historical palazzo, where the brand launched in 2013. This included a new collection of blown glass lighting by Nao Tamura and innovative designs by Hideki Yoshimoto. Existing pieces by Dan Yeffet and Zaha Hadid were also on display in the palazzo space.

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WonderGlass was founded in 2013 by Maurizio and Christian Mussati to join traditional craftsmanship with constantly developing modern designs and collaborations from the worlds of architecture, art and fashion. The aim is to challenge interior space with a new way of showcasing a light source: WonderGlass couples world-class design with personalised couture for the home. The imaginative brand develops and manufactures beautifully crafted lighting sculptures, bespoke installations and chandeliers. WonderGlass is headquartered in London whilst the production remains mainly in Venice area. The board of creativity includes Claesson Koivisto Rune, Zaha Hadid, Jaime Hayon, John Pawson, Dan Yeffet, Hideki Yoshimoto, Nao Tamura and Marcel Wanders. All share WonderGlass’ vision to manufacture dream-a-like creations.

Marcel Wanders – Calliope: London-based lighting design company WonderGlass, have collaborated with Marcel Wanders to create a sculptural, versatile lighting system. Inspired by Japanese calligraphy and created from hand-blown Murano glass, the floating, illuminating pendants will have an adaptable design that can expand to create full ceiling and room installations as either clusters or as a single element.

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Marcel Wanders commented: “We designed this lighting system to be poetic. From overhead, it captures attention as it inspires the imagination.”

Gabriele Chiave said: “Marrying an element of ancient Asian culture with free moving parts has resulted in a product that embodies both classic and contemporary design.”

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Nao Tamura – Fluid Collection and Fluid Edition: For Milan 2017, WonderGlass presented Fluid – Collection and Edition, new lighting by Nao Tamura. This will be the company’s fourth collaboration with the Japanese designer, who is based in New York. Fluid is inspired by the moment when the sun hits the surface of a lagoon and how this creates a lens effect in water. Tamura was particularly inspired by how this effect captures a ‘spark’, turning this into a source of light.

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Hideki Yoshimoto – Rise & Drift: In addition to these new pieces, WonderGlass also showcased Rise & Drift by Hideki Yoshimoto of Tangent design studio. First previewed as part of an installation at Maison et Objet earlier this year, Rise and Drift focuses on the organic shapes of water bubbles, and the refraction of light.

Supported by WonderLab, the laboratory of innovation and technology at WonderGlass, Yoshimoto challenged the complex way light transmits and reflects inside different materials, resulting in a mesmerising visual effect. Yoshimoto’s work seeks to capture a dynamic moment in time and is reminiscent of air rising through the water, suggesting the possibilities of life below; a presence that we cannot see but are inspired to imagine.

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Dan Yeffet – Hollow: WonderGlass also presented Hollow, existing lighting designs by Israeli designer, Dan Yeffet. In the context of architecture and glass sculpturing Hollow makes light its object. This design captures light like never before and shapes it as a basic element. The design interprets a dialogue between natural elements, traditional design and technology – it takes centre stage, accentuating the space it occupies and bringing matter to the forefront.

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Zaha Hadid – Luma: Luma by Zaha Hadid was also on display at Instituto dei Ciechi. Luma is a sculptural composition of tubular segments, which subtly diffuse light through organic shapes effortlessly celebrating the unrivalled logic and beauty found in nature. Each individual segment to the piece has been hand blown in Murano. The new edition of Luma, first previewed at Maison et Objet in January 2017, follows an ongoing liaison with Zaha Hadid’s team to create technical superiority as well as a more refined shape, which in turn, throws a softer glow.

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