So many people from all over the world are here for the Salone del Mobile,

it seems like everyone you see or speak with is involved with design this week.
Design is such an important part of our life – as much as we all live with fashion,

there is no fashion without design – the proportions, shapes,

the space in which we all work, and the objects we have around us.

But is there design without art?

Jean Nouvel’s project creating office environments for Salone is quite
unusual. Four designers and friends, Marc Newson, Michele De Lucchi,

Ron Arad, and Philippe Starck show their studios to the public and

talk about their visions of what a home or working environment could be,

and whether they can separate the second from the first.

This week one of the most acclaimed projects of the Salone

are the Jean Nouvel offices – the idea of the home away from home,

or is it a real home? Will the future see our working space so differently?

For many of us our work is where our heart is, and our time at our desk

already filled with life and joy, so these rooms were a delight to see.

Here, Kris in my office showing me a small prototype

of a new system of tables and shelving.

Made famous in the 1960’s by the “Superonda”

sectional sofa that looked like a jigsaw puzzle piece,

and all the SuperStudio projects, Poltronova also produced this perfect modular bookshelf and storage unit in natural and black lacquered wood.

 

A desk I have always desired and will never have!  The simplest and most
perfect, designed by Franco Albini in 1958, in wood and enameled black
steel.  It seems as though it were designed today, with just enough space
for the computer  ­ or lunch – very future thinking.

Looking like something from 1962, the year he was born,

Michiel Van der Kley and Artifort brought out this work station called Globus in 2006.

Here, a unique chair perfect for a cozy home office.  Made by Brazilian
artists Fernando and Humberto Campana, it seems ideal inspiration for me
right now thinking about China.

The new store for Shanghai is taking shape in many different directions.

One of the best parts for me of planning new projects is

  working on the graphics and new designs.

Here, a drawing just arrived on my desk from Kris’ studio –

–still smelling of the oil paint he uses for all the graphics –

that will be part of Shanghai’s “personality”  when we open in September.

Posted on: Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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