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Dear Readers,

Just when we thought the autumn chill was setting in, these 4 days of summer sun and heat is as welcoming as a margarita any time!

So to celebrate the weather and reflect our cheery mood here at Mint, here are pictures of  some of our pieces in Mexico. We hope you enjoy them!

Here’s a toast to the weatherman! Hip hip Hooray!

I cannot believe that the London Design Festival 2011 is over! It seems like just yesterday we were frantically preparing for it. Here’s a little recap of Mint Explores.

I am thrilled to announce that the opening night was a success! With the turn out of approximately 300 people, the night was buzzing with good food, good wine and good cheer.

So here’s a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and contributed in making the night one to remember.


Pirwi is the leading brand in Mexican design but it was not their name nor their designs but their story that first caught Lina Kanafani’s (Mint’s owner) eye.

Since its inception in 2007 Pirwi is based on the idea of serving as a productive platform with great regard for its environment and social surroundings. The company began as collaboration between two designers, Alejandro Castro and Emiliano Godoy. Now, Pirwi has a young creative team that shares their vision and help define the road to a responsible enterprise.

On top of these substantial contributions to society, Pirwi is also solely and admirably responsible for the the employment of 50 people. These people have been discovered on the streets of Mexico and recruited by Pirwi. Under Pirwi’s wing, they have undergone training in the craft of woodworks and have now been permanent, loyal employees at Pirwi for 5 years and counting!

Centipede Bench and Pirul

Pirul

Eje Side Table

Pirwi’s design proposal is exemplary for its quality craftsmanship, study of form and their planned and decided relationship with environmental and social sustainability. With Pirwi, the concept of sustainability is amplified and it does not stop at technical content but speaks the language of the people who are its strength.

The collection in 2011 has more than 100 products of furniture and accessories- handmade with great care and expertise especially in birch, teak maple and walnut from sustainably managed forests.

Dear Mint Readers,

Make a note in your diary and let the countdown begin for Mint Explores! With only 3 days to go, we at Mint are thrilled to announce that all the lighting of the exhibition are supplied by .PSLAB.

Founded in 2004 and based in Europe, the Middle East, Beirut and Stuttgart, .PSLAB’s work can be found in private homes in London, conceptual boutiques in Antwerp, art galleries in Berlin, hotels in Paris, restaurants in Beirut, and in gardens, events and public spaces worldwide.

Specialised in site-specific lighting products, .PSLAB have taken into account the spatial qualities of Mint’s linear space and the characteristics of the products selected. On the outside, clusters of lamps will be visible through the front window display, concentrated at key points to entice the viewer in. Once inside, the luminous display culminates in a series of chandeliers beneath Mint’s distinctive skylight which dominates the second half of the space. .PSLAB’s brass standing lamps will also be placed strategically around Mint to provide an intimate glow.

Altogether we have five key designs by .PSLAB, none of which should be missed!

CM180-B


CM93/94-B


TL15/16-B


TL20/21-B


CM62-C

.PSLAB’s creative and technical teams work together on every aspect of product development from concept to construction. The artisanal pieces produced are individual to particular spaces and are manufactured by them in their factory. Their approach to each project is that of a haute couture clothing designer; by appointment, based on dialogue, and with the highest quality materials and most intricate attention to detail.

We hope to see you at Mint Explores!



Dear Readers,

Autumn is here and once again we are delighted to participate in the London Design Festival. This year, our exhibition titled Mint Explores will be unveiling the mysteries of human perception and how it does not necessarily relate to reality.

Mint Explores will be featuring the inspiring works of 60 carefully selected international artists. Here is a little sneak peek of what is in store for you!

Maarten De Cuelaer

Maarten De Cuelaer’s Balloon Bowls, as the name suggests, are created with the use balloons and strong synthetic plaster. The colorants, which are added to the water prior to mixing it with the plaster powder, emerge differently each time, creating uncontrolled and often spectacular color patterns. The project is all about serendipity; the parameters that influence the process are known, but still the result is always a guess and never turns out exactly the way you expect.

Please click to watch the video of the process


Silvia Knüppel

Silvia Knüppel’s Drückeberger Small Cabinet embodies pseudo-Baroque decorative excesses in a very sophisticated and highly contemporary interpretation. The art piece is a massive block of foam, which acts as a blank receptacle for all kinds of household goods. In a very unconventional and original way, Knüppel has inserted simple slashes into the foam into which any object, such as clothes or books, may be inserted.

Kari Furre 

Kari Furre, a sculptor and fabricator for many years, is drawn to processes that involve the body as well as the mind. Her Fish Skin Bowls are made from tanned cod and plaice skin, a tanning formula that retains the translucency of the skin. The bowls are formed in a mould but have a sprung wire rim to keep their shape. Her inspiration to create the Fish Skin Bowls came from the sea as she is a swimmer. On her visit to Iceland she discovered fish leather and realised that fish skin is usually wastefully discarded by fish processing plants in other countries.

 

Amba Molly

Amba Molly explores the process of human cell division with her Mitose collection of 5 ceramic pieces. She began this process with four products from the contrasting eras of the industrial and the traditional. By using a plastic bottle, an old earthenware oil pitcher, a plastic Tupperware can and a hand-twisted earthenware can, she divided the moulds systematically to form 60 stones. After four stages of division, the products further integrated themselves and eventually materialized into a new unique entity.

Maaike Seegers

Maaike Seegers believes that the process of making tableware is as interesting as the end product. In her Meltware Collection, process and product collide; stoneware carafe, bowl and spoon are not just pieces of tableware but also act as moulds themselves. These have been used with Carnauba wax, a natural hard waterproof and reusable material extracted from the leafs of the Carnauba palm tree, to produce a selection of wax coloured tableware, miniatures of the originals.


Stay tuned for upcoming posts on more of our exhibitors!

We hope to see you at the event. Don’t miss it!