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issue 44 - June/July 2018
CURVE magazine cover June/July 2018
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by Draide

     To celebrate its 50th Anniversary and the coming anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, Driade recently announced a special tribute to Man’s lunar endeavors. The designers imagined a lunar setting to be the backdrop for some designer tributes to Driade’s masterpieces. The first outdoor collection on lunar soil will be shown in 3D ’on the moon’, using regolith, an extraordinary substance present on the moon’s surface. Four design icons, authentic bestsellers by Philippe Starck, Naoto Fukusawa and Italian artist and furniture designer Enzo Mari, were exhibited and a short directed by Adriano Valerio on a subject by Gianluigi Ricuperati was shot.
by Dubai Design District

     Dubai Design District (d3) presented ten Emirati Designers at Milan Design Week as part of d3’s UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from The Emirates exhibition curated by Khalid Shafar. d3’s Milan event was the first in a series of UAE Design Stories exhibitions and focused on ’Emirati Landscape: Flora, Fauna and Soil.’ The journey will move to the London Design Festival in September for the second exhibition entitled ’Nomadism: Yesterday & Now’ where the same ten designers will display new pieces. The celebrated designers were Alia Mazrooei, Aljoud Lootah, Roudha Alshamsi, Zeinab Alhashemi, Latifa Saeed, Azza Al Qubaisi, Alia bin Omair, Salem Al Mansoori, Abdalla AlMulla, Ahmad AlAreef and Bader Najeeb.
by Nagami

     Design firm Nagami recently made its official debut with a pioneering project, combining computational design and large scale robotic 3D printing Brave New World: Re thinking Design in the New Age of Technology. The series is made up of four chairs: Bow and Rise by Zaha Hadid Architects, Robotica TM by Ross Lovegrove, and Peeler by Daniel Widrig."We design products that until now were just waiting for the right technology to come to life: not only objects that you can hold, but also that you can feel and experience as part of your environment", said Nagami’s founders: Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Miki Jimenez Garcia and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa.
by Preciosa

     Lighting firm Preciosa recently presented their stunning new chandelier called Breath of Light. Breath of Light is a dynamic, playful lighting installation that is replete with contemporary touches. The thoroughly modern design injects new life into lighting concepts, inviting visitors to study this beautiful piece. "Breath of Light is one of the most intriguing designs Preciosa has created. It demonstrates that with design and technical ingenuity it is possible to transform the properties of chandeliers into playful installations. It will be a fascinating experience that will not only create many smiles, but also make guests’ catch their breath in awe," Michael Vasku, Creative Director for Preciosa Lighting, said.
by Disco Gufram

     During Milan Design Week Disco Gufram launched of a number of exciting new pieces. Stanley is a seat with padded, soft and sinuous lines and is characterized by the postmodern aesthetics of its design. Ideally modular ad infinitum, Jimmy is a lively unconventional and totally customizable seating system. Tony is a radical system of modular seating composed of spherical elements. Betsy is a couch with soft and enveloping lines that boasts of its fluidity. Charly is a padded seat that stands out for its unexpected design that enhances the primary elements joined by a light and elegant tubular structure. After Party is a series of storage units that reinterprets the world of clubbing in a unique and ironic way. Dance Floor is a project with disruptive and timeless energy that consists of rugs with surprising elements.
by Sunbrella and Marc Ange

     For this year’s Milan Design Week, Sunbrella once again collaborated with designer and artist Marc Ange to present Le Roi, a monumental installation featuring exclusive designs located in the garden space of Wallpaper Handmade. Ange unveiled Le Roi along with the never before seen Refuge lamps. "In the center of the garden, gold leaf lamps guide you to an elevated room, like an altar, whose walls, floors and ceilings are covered with the same deep blue Sunbrella fabric. At the back of the room, opposite you, sits, as if on a throne, like a king, a giant teddy bear with blue fabric skin. The bear is illuminated by two Refuge Lamps, which are also covered with the same blue fabric, and protected by a small army of Les AraignÊes chairs, still in the same material," said Ange.,
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