7/17/2010






Here is a peek into the first steps of making the
Lantern from MatterMade Collection No. 1.  The cage is built of brass in order to withstand the severe temperatures for extended periods required for the next phases of production -- the glass blowing and the slow cool.  A video of the glass being blown inside the cage soon to follow.


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7/14/2010



Robert Irwin at the Walker Art Center. via
Walker Art Center

Using theater scrim fabric and light, Robert Irwin creates installations that challenge a viewer's spatial and optical awareness.


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Image courtesy of Lauren Stern Design

The A 331 Lamp from Artek was used in the entryway of an interior by Lauren Stern.  Nicknamed the "Beehive," the pendant was designed in the fifties and remains relevant not just as a design classic, but also as a piece that translates seamlessly into the contemporary modern aesthetic.  Production utilizes the same technology that was available half a century ago when Alvar Alto designed it -- punched and stamped metal.  For a light fixture made solely of one, opaque material, it achieves a surprising elegance and delicacy.  It is yet another example of the designer's prolific talent.

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A contact sheet of pictures from the party we had this past May to launch our new collection, MatterMade Collection Number One.   Larger, clearer ones to come.

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 © John Phillips. Paolo Venini in Murano, Italy 1958



Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec




Audrey Vase by Michael Eden




Blow by Konstantin Grcic

Founded in 1921 by Paolo Venini on the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon, Venini glassware is handmade using the same wooden and metal tools that were used centuries ago, with an incredible workshop of highly skilled artisan fifth generation glass blowers. From the outset, Venini broke away from the traditional production methods of glassware and design constraints, and embraced an avant-garde style, implementing high quality techniques and color pallets that have become synonymous with the brand to date.

Established & Sons collaborated with Venini to produce some impressive pieces by the Bouroullec brothers, Michael Eden, and Konstantin Grcic.


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A poem by Sylvia Plath was the inspiration behind the weighted brass candlestick holders, Nick and the Candlestick designed by Lindsey Adelman for MatterMade.

Taken from
Poetry Foundation


Nick and the Candlestick
by Sylvia Plath


 
I am a miner. The light burns blue.   
 
Waxy stalactites
 
Drip and thicken, tears

 
The earthen womb
 
Exudes from its dead boredom.   
 
Black bat airs

 
Wrap me, raggy shawls,   
 
Cold homicides.
 
They weld to me like plums.

 
Old cave of calcium   
 
Icicles, old echoer.
 
Even the newts are white,

 
Those holy Joes.
 
And the fish, the fish——
 
Christ! they are panes of ice,

 
A vice of knives,   
 
A piranha   
 
Religion, drinking

 
Its first communion out of my live toes.   
 
The candle
 
Gulps and recovers its small altitude,

 
Its yellows hearten.
 
O love, how did you get here?   
 
O embryo

 
Remembering, even in sleep,   
 
Your crossed position.   
 
The blood blooms clean

 
In you, ruby.   
 
The pain
 
You wake to is not yours.

 
Love, love,
 
I have hung our cave with roses,   
 
With soft rugs——

 
The last of Victoriana.   
 
Let the stars
 
Plummet to their dark address,

 
Let the mercuric   
 
Atoms that cripple drip   
 
Into the terrible well,

 
You are the one
 
Solid the spaces lean on, envious.   
 
You are the baby in the barn.

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The image above shows one step along the way to creating Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's
Lighthouse, a collaboration with artisan glass blowers from the Italian company Venini.

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Image courtesy of Commonwealth, photography by Jean-Charles Tomas

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Images courtesy of Commonwealth, photography by Jean-Charles Tomas

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5/26/2010


"This year's ICCF in New York was another solid show - quite literally, with an abundance of wooden furniture, natural materials and designs that will stand the test of time. Gimmicks were out and traditional American craft was in, luxuriously interpreted by Matter, with its new MatterMade range of furniture - the New York brand's first in-house collection." -- Benjamin Kempton, Wallpaper*, May 21, 2010

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