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By Alex
10/20/2014 12:38:00 PM  

 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 


Designed by Piero Portaluppi between 1932 and 1935, Villa Necchi Campiglio once stood as a cutting edge modernist statement for Milan's fashionable elite. The estate, which was home to successful sewing machine manufacturer Angelo Campiglio, his wife Gigina and her sister Nedda, was built at the height of rationalist Fascist architecture and became well known for the exquisite parties it hosted.

 


Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

While elegant enough to entertain the likes of royalty, by the 1950s the villa's angular, at times severe brand of luxury, had fallen out of fashion prompting the Campiglios to bring in designer Tomaso Buzzi to incorporate ornate mantels, wood paneling, tapestries and antiques.

 


Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Today, Villa Necchi Campiglio has been restored and converted into a museum where visitors may view the grounds, architecture and imperfect mix of styles that mark the life of this historical home. It is a must visit according to our company co-founder Roy Otwell, and for those who can't make it to Milan, we recommend a peek at the 2009 Italian film "I Am Love" where Villa Necchi serves as set for much of the movie.

Photos: Fondo Ambiente ItalianoGiorgio Majno via The New York Times, Fosnova 





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By Alex
10/8/2014 4:51:00 AM  

 


The Jane Antwerp

 

Antwerp, Belgium has a new hot-spot and it goes by the name of The Jane. Part bar, part restaurant, part religious experience - the site previously served as a military hospital chapel and boasts all the design perks you'd expect from a former ecclesiastical building.

 


The Jane Antwerp

 


The Jane Antwerp

 


Heading up the transformation from rundown chapel to dining mecca was the restaurant's founder, Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman, his co-chef Nick Brildello and the renowned Dutch designer Piet Boon. The goal for the space was a sort of 'fine dining meets rock 'n roll' which the team of three achieved with the help of a select group of creative partners who brought in such pivotal pieces as the massive custom chandelier by .PSLAB, the penguin and gas mask infused stained glass window films by Studio Job and the furnishings by our very own Flexform (did you spot our Feel Good Chairs?).

 


The Jane Antwerp

 

As founder Sergio Herman put it, “To me, dining out is about more than a plate of fabulous food; the overall restaurant experience has become progressively important in recent years. So it’s not just the dishes that must reflect our vision and our ‘feel’, but everything that surrounds them too, from the front desk to the table cloths, the crockery – even the bread baskets. Everything at The Jane was specially made for us...” Delicious! A chef after our design-loving hearts.

Photos courtesy of Flexform. 




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By Alex
9/15/2014 5:07:00 PM  

 

John Lyle Firescreen

 

Vestal Firescreen by John Lyle 

 

Earlier this month, Switch Modern's co-founder Roy Otwell sat down with interior, furniture and accessory designer, John Lyle, to have a serious chat about some seriously great design. The topic of conversation - what design items are most pulling on Roy's heart strings right now. Shown here is a sneak peek at Roy's current obsessions. To view his full list of loves, we recommend a swing by his feature on John Lyle's blog. Also, while you're there, be sure to check out Lyle's spectacular portfolio. We promise it's a trip worth taking.

 

Nulla recessed pinspot
Nulla recessed pinspot light by Davide Groppi
 

 

Sampei Floor Lamp
Sampei Floor Lamp by Enzo Calabrese and Davide Groppi
 

 




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By D
9/5/2014 1:04:00 PM  

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

In celebration of the re-launch of the original wooden legged version of Arne Jacobsen's 1957 Grand Prix chair, the furniture brand Fritz Hansen has teamed up with Italian designer Diego Grandi and famed Italian tattoo artist Pietro Sedda to create nine tattooed chairs (two in leather and seven in wood). The concept behind the collaboration was devised by Grandi who, as the project's art director, created a narrative in which the graceful forms of the chairs would to be treated as if human and the embellishments added as defining marks - tattoos - to its 'skin'. The result is a melding of the over half-century-old designs of Jacobsen with the contemporary tattoo art of Sedda, linking great talents of the past and present - in celebration of the Grand Prix's launch into the future. 


 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

The chairs will make their debut in an installation designed by Diego Grandi on September 11th and will remain on display at the Republic of Fritz Hansen Store in Milan through November 13th . During this time, they will be available for purchase via silent auction, the proceeds of which will go to the Dynamo Camp Association - a camp designed for children whose lives are affected by disease. 

 


Photos via Republic of Fritz Hansen™ & PietroSedda.com.
 

 




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By Alex
8/30/2014 6:57:00 PM  

 

Eileen Gray - The Price of Desire

 Orla Brady as Eileen Gray and Alanis Morissette as her lover, Marisa Damia, in The Price of Desire. Photo by Julian Lennon.

 

Nearly 40 years after her death and some 80 + from the height of her career, famed Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray's (1878-1976) star continues to rise with a much anticipated movie due out this fall. Entitled The Price of Desire, the film is partially shot at one of the most important modernist homes ever built - Eileen Gray’s Villa E1027. The story line is a controversial one, focusing on how a cocktail of 20th century envy and chauvinism nearly effaced Gray’s name from design history. 

 

Eileen Gray - The Price of Desire

 Eileen Gray's Villa E1027. Photo by Manuel Bougot.

 

In a recent interview at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the film’s director Mary McGuckian describes the heavily researched furnishings and sets as 'incredibly authentic' – elaborating that “[The film] is an art piece and it is intended to… to an extent elucidate a cinematic visual experience that is inspired by [Gray's] aesthetic…” 

 



The Price of Desire's director Mary McGuckian talks to DoCoMoMo's Shane O'Toole

 

The Price of Desire will have a festival launch this autumn, the location of which will be released on twitter at @EileenGrayE1027. For those able to carve out an hour, the video above offers some fascinating details on the making of the film and its historically-based dramatic storyline. To view more of Eileen's work we invite you to swing by her page on SwitchModern.com.

 




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By Alex
8/16/2014 1:20:00 PM  

 

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair

 

Designed in 1958 by famed Danish architect/designer Arne Jacobsen, the Drop™ chair recently re-launched to much acclaim following an over 50 year stint in hibernation. The chair's compact and lovable form was originally produced alongside the iconic Swan™ and Egg™ chairs for Jacobsen's masterwork, the Radisson Blue Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. "It's a gorgeous little chair that inspires deep affection."* - nonetheless, the Drop™ was produced in extremely limited quantities and soon disappeared in the shadow of it's more famous siblings. That is until the people at Fritz Hansen decided it was time for a comeback.


 

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair

 

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair

 

As part of the re-launch, the original upholstered Drop™ was also translated into plastic form. We invite you to take a closer look (both past and present) at this charming chair through the lens of those who know it best - the people at Fritz Hansen. Enjoy the short film!

 


 

* Quote taken from The return of the DROP

 




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By Alex
8/2/2014 8:43:00 PM  

 

Luminous Table

 

Switch Modern is proud to announce that Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's Luminous Table has recently received the prestigious Menzione D'Onore Compasso D'Oro ADI. Established by Gio Ponti in 1954, the award stands as the oldest and most influential international design honor in the world. Adding to its import, in 2004, the Compasso d'Oro's Historical Collection was decreed by the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry to be "of exceptional artistic and historical interest" and included in Italy’s national heritage.

 

Luminous Table 2

 

With its groundbreakingly thin and transparent structure, Luminous now joins ADI Compasso d'Oro's past, present and future inductees as part of this renowned Historical Collection. Oh, and it also just so happens to join us, right here at Switch Modern!

 




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By Alex
7/27/2014 12:04:00 AM  

 

aalto vase 1

 

Designed in 1936 by renowned architect Alvar Aalto, the Aalto vase's simple organic form was revolutionary for its time and met with immediate success following its 1937 debut. Today, this deceptively simple work of art is crafted just as it was over 70 years ago - meticulously and laboriously by a team of skilled craftsman out of a glass factory in Iittala, Finland. 

 

aalto vase 2

 

aalto vase 3

 

At nearly 80 years of age, the Aalto vase holds a place as one of the most iconic glass objects in the world. We invite you to learn more about its fascinating story and crafting process in the video below. 

 

 



The Aalto vase along with the entire Iittala line of products is on sale through August 5, 2014.




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By Alex
6/27/2014 2:51:00 PM  

 


rabari 1

 


Born of a collaboration between the London design firm Doshi Levien and the renowned Spanish rug manufacturer Nanimarquina, the new Rabari collection was inspired by the intricately hand crafted embroideries of the nomadic Rabaries of Kutch, India.


Unique in their use of color, texture and rhythm, the line of three rugs has been raking in awards ever since launching earlier this year. Accolades include the ICFF Editors Award for outstanding product, Metropolis Likes for innovative design, and the DELTA Awards 2014 for conceptual originality. But enough talk on our part... we invite you behind the scenes in an interview with designer Nipa Doshi and Nanimarquina's founder, Nani, to offer a bit of insight into the the process, inspiration and people behind this outstanding new addition to the Switch Modern collection

 


rabari 2

 


rabari rug 3




 

 

 




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By Alex
6/6/2014 11:51:00 AM  

 


bourgie 1


Designer/musician, Pharrell Williams' strong-arm rendition of Kartell's Bourgie.

 


Designed in 2004 by Kartell's art director Ferruccio Laviani, the Bourgie Lamp is one of the Italian brand's best sellers and at just 10 years of age, something of a design icon. In the spirit of design collaboration and to help celebrate Bourgie's successful first decade in production, Kartell has invited 19 A-List designers and creatives to re-imagine the traditional baroque-inspired lamp for a traveling international exhibit.

 


bourgie 2


The Stockholm design trio behind Front infused Bourgie with a little swagger by applying heat to its plastic form.

 

 
bourgie 3


Patricia Urquiola really mixed things up via a complete deconstruction / reconstruction of the Bourgie into a glitzy chandelier.

 


bourgie 4


The Brooklyn based duo behind Snarkitecture honored or maybe snubbed the birthday boy, by making him disappear beneath a beautifully draped fiberglass sheet.

 


Kicking off the design fueled tour, fourteen re-imagined Bourgies made their debut at this year's Milan Design Week only to be joined in New York City by five additional pieces at last month's International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The growing collection of one-off lamps are slated to continue their travels before being sold in an online charitable auction later this year. We'll keep you updated but if a one-of-a-kind Philippe Starck, Kelly Wearstler or Lenny Kravitz designed lamp seems a bit out of reach... we invite you swing by and check out the original Bourgie over on SwitchModern.com.




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