Design, Crafts – in Milan, Lebanese designer Richard Yasmine presents the Woven Whispers collection and exhibition in the back garden of the 5Vie HQs in Via Cesare Correnti 14 [Map]. The series comprises tables, a chair, a paravent, baskets and vessels disposed to create an urban landscape and a skyline made of crafts.
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Inspired by bold modernist architecture and basic geometric volumes made from rattan and wicker, each piece encapsulates the oldest known furniture-making techniques. Dating to 5000 years, the popularity of wicker passed from ancient Egypt in the Middle East to Persia towards ancient Rome till its worldwide expansion.
“I feel there is a necessity to empower artisans and craftsmanship to sustain as well as to maintain the connection between the present and the past yet considering the evolution of our contemporary days. In Lebanon, we lost a lot of our heritage during long years of war. Our duty now is at least to preserve what remains from our tradition and culture.” Richard Yasmine told Archipanic.
The exhibition also conveys a larger message of peace as well as social and geopolitical collaboration. Said Richard Yasmine. The tables are stacked on top of each other to create totemic towers, while the other pieces are arranged on different levels, referring to our society’s hierarchies. “Together with 5Vie, we decided to spread a message of love and connection between the east and the west. We created towers that, conversely to the infamous Babylon tower, conveys a message of communication and solidarity.”
“I believe that as artists and designers, we must influence or widen the vision of communities around us by highlighting and raising awareness about complications in our societies and that’s what I have usually done since my first design object. We should invite communities to Human connection and communication by experiencing supportive relationships with those around them.”
“Connection helps and motivates the individual and its society. When people interact with each other without judgment, they feel valued, seen, and heard. We can’t pretend we can stop war or authoritarians, but we should keep struggling and fighting for love, peace, equality and justice.”
Photos by Amir Farzad – Courtesy of 5Vie.
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