Dear Mint Readers,
For the month of October, Mint is proud to present ‘Growing Vases’ a design lighting installation by Japanese architectural and design studio Nendo for Czech Bohemian glass company Lasvit.
The installation takes on a playful nature exploring the impractical and the incomplete. The metal pipes used by the glass blower remain in the blown glass and are transformed into abstract flowers and branches, alluding to a whimsical glass forest breathing with life.
Doesn’t that sound enticing? Well watch this space for more updates!
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
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.
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’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, 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 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 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!
Ou FreeHand exhibition is still on at our main store on Wigmore Street. It will be finishing soon so if you haven’t already seen it you better hurry!
Wrongwoods by Richard Woods & Sebastian Wrong for Established and Sons.
Taking pride of place in the window at our Wigmore Street store is Giona. A new designs from Italian architect Michele de Lucchi
One of the successes of our FreeHand show was Fossili Moderni by Massimiliano Adami. A clever take on shelving utilising found objects, hand selected by the designer which are then set into polyurethane foam.
The Bookinist armchair was exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year and is now on display at Mint’s Wigmore Street store.
On show at Mint is Patricia Urquiola’s Shanghai Tip range which consists of a modular sofa available in varying sizes and designs, side tables and a selection of beautiful graphic print cushions.
Joiin by designer Susanne Philippson.
Dutch design duo Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk are featured at our main store and on show are pieces from their Quality Time collection which they premiered in Milan earlier this year.
All 8 of Danish designer Lene Toni Kjeld’s Wall Decoration range are still on show in the SW3 location.
Maxim Velcovsky’s unique collection for m i n t , Catastrophe has proved to be one of the talking points of the exhibtion. If you haven’t already seen them they are still on show at 70 Wigmore Street.
The Meterware table by Silke Wawro is constructed from vintage and contemporary pieces, joined together and then cut randomly. She has applied the same concept to a carpet made from recycled clothes which, just like the table, can be bought as long or as short as needed. The table is on show at Mint, SW3.
Works by artist Paul Goodwin are still on show at m i n t. His has been the subject of numerous exhibitions internationally and exists in many public collections in the UK, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.
Please keep logging on to our blog for up to the minute news of our future plans & projects. One of which will be an installation of work by Dutch designer Joost van Bleiswijk to run in conjunction with The Frieze Art Fair. More details to follow……..
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