Milan 2017 – Rocking O-shaped seats, chairs inspired by colorful Venetian boats and chandeliers made of upside down wire-net domes. Moooi’s extraordinary life shone in Milan. The Dutch furniture brand went on show in Zona Tortona with a great exhibition showcasing a luxury maze of creative interiors which “have all their own functional appearance reflecting our ideas for hotels, restaurant, lobbies, offices, homes and bars” explains Moooi co-founder and president Marcel Wanders.
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Archipanic met Marcel Wanders, Marten Baas, Luca Nichetto, Rick Tegelaar, Edward van Vliet and Joost van Bleiswijk. On show also Levon Biss’ extraordinary and iridescent portraits of insects captured in oversize prints. At the end of the exhibition a dark lounge bar hosted a a giant chandelier composed of 161 lamps from previous collections glowing together.
O. by Marcel Wanders
Marcel Wanders designed a giant rocking O-shaped seat which “has got its own identity like a big person” and is available in various colour nuances. Weight at its base lowers the barycenter of the seat in order to allow it to rock safely.
Canal Chair by Luca Nichetto
“Walking down the alleys and canals of my hometown Venice, I often see people sitting on colorful boats with their spritzer. I then imagined the striped boat bows as seat shells” Says Luca Nichetto to Archipanic. The shells are covered in vibrant colours that can also be personalized with logos or coat of arms for hotels lobbies, homes and brands.
Something Like This Sofa by Maarten Baas
Maarten Baas’ sofa is made of different blocks and shapes resembling a swift, impulsive drawing. “It evokes the irregular trace left by pen on paper in a moment of inspiration.” Says the Dutch designer who has a long collaboration with Moooi.
Meshmatics Chandelier by Rick Tegelaar
The Meshmatics Chandelier by Rick Tegelaar reveals the full potential of wire netting, which is ingeniously stretched and moulded into three dome-shaped layers. Its wire mesh structure reflects and diffuses the light upwards from an LED at the bottom of the design. “The result is an almost transparent lamp showcasing a mesh of science, mesh-matics indeed.” Explains the designer to Archipanic.
Construction Lamp Suspended by Joost van Bleiswijk
The industrial look of the Construction Lamp Suspended, blends in nicely with its elegant colour nuances and stylish brass details. Joost van Bleiswijk was inspired by electricity pole structures that “seem to emerge and float from the shade“.
Chalice Lamp by Edward van Vliet
Edward van Vliet‘s Chalice Lamp captures the essential grace of glass. Blossoms of 24 or 48 chalices define the lamp, diffusing light naturally and reflecting the floral pattern enclosed within each chalice.
Levon Bliss Microsculpture series
Moooi’s exhibition featured also Levon Biss’ high-resolution portraits of bugs printed of oversized canvas. The Microsculpture series is part of the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. “Biss provides the viewer a unique opportunity to study and appreciate this hidden world of beauty.” comment at Moooi.
Moooi’s Extraordinary Life photos: courtesy of Moooi.