In this week's Milan preview, a round-up of launches including a collaboration between Pieke Bergmans and Studio Job, Aldo Bakker does copper and Gijs Bakker debuts a new label reviving Taiwanese craft.
Two Dutch presentations will be eagerly awaited by the international design press in Milan this year during the furniture fair: the collaboration between Pieke Bergmans and Studio Job, and the new Taiwanese design label which was initiated under the art direction of Gijs Bakker.
'Wonderlamp' presents seven light objects by Studio Job and Pieke Bergmans. Everyday products cast in bronze a la Studio Job will be paired with a light-emitting Light Blub of Bergmans, creating a intriguing object with an unexpected function. Bergmans will also host an exhibition in her regular exhibition space on Via Tortona. In his first Milan design week since the split of Droog last year, Gijs Bakker will launch a new Taiwanese design brand for whom he is artistic director. Yii - derived from the Taiwnese philosophy meaning change and transformation - was initiated by the Taiwan Craft Research Institute focusing on reviving Taiwanese craft in contemporary design. Yii commissioned 16 Taiwanese designers to collaborate on the pilot collection which features bamboo work, woodcarving, ceramics, lacquer ware, fine silver works and other traditional crafts. To be held in the Triennale di Milano, the exhibition will be designed by Studios Muller & Van Tol.
Dutch designers will be out in force at Gallery Rossana Orlandi. A favourite with design insiders during the week, the gallery will present new pieces from Piet Hein Eek and the much-anticipated 'the copper collection' by Aldo Bakker for Thomas Eyck who will also show the 'Texelaar' wool pieces by Christien Meindertsma made with Dutch wool. 'Vegetables' from Scholten & Baijings will also be on view and throughout the courtyard and basement works from emerging designers such as BCXSY, FormaFantasma, Jack Brandsma, Bas van der Veer and Niek Van Der Heijden can be seen. Furthermore the gallery will host an off-site installation by Nacho Carbonell called 'DIVERSITY.'
In high profile presentations around town, Established & Sons will launch an armoire from Scholten & Baijings and Rogier van der Heide has been commissioned to design an installation for Swarovski Crystal Palace.
In other hotspots around the city, Studio Glithero's Blueware vases will be on show at Gallery Nilufar, Frederik Roijé presents a designer chicken coop in Ventura Lambrate, new designs from Robert Bronwasser can be seen at Royal Goedewaagen and Palau in Zona Tortona and at the fair itself, Ineke Hans has new designs with Swedish label Offecct.
Main image: Pieke Bergmans and Studio Job
Image 1: Aldo Bakker for Thomas Eyck
Image 2: Yii
Image 3: Frederik Roijé
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