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DESIGN MIAMI/ BASEL
06 11 2019
We made each of these unique pieces in our New York studio with glass that was made in collaboration with glass artist, Michiko Sakono and her team, at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. Paradise City plays with the ephemerality of time and light, channeled through a clash of influences, from W. Somerset Maugham (“We’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but...more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it”) to Axl Rose (“Nothin’ last forever/Even cold November rain”).
Visually, the collection, with its network of slender rods pinning fused clusters of liquid-seeming hand-blown glass, takes its cues -- and name -- from a book of photographs by Helmut Newton; the most famous of which features the model Nadja Auermann strapped into a menacing cage-like leg brace. With its mixture of fabrication techniques, Paradise City evokes scaffolding on a skyscraper, simultaneously Brutalist and delicate, geometric yet voluptuous. Made with an entirely new method -- LEDs engineered so that the light source is embedded in the surface of the glass -- these pieces render technology virtually invisible, allowing pure emotion to shine through.