Mood of the moment: Space Oddity
The 50th anniversary of the moon landing this week has been the source of inspiration for many new designs. Here we highlight just some of our favourites.
Matthew Day Jackson’s Kolho series for Made by Choice
This genius collaboration between American artist Matthew Day Jackson, Finnish design house Made by Choice and the Formica Group is a serendipitous meeting of minds that has resulted in the Kolho collection of tables and chairs. Jackson’s artistic works, which frequently utilise Formica laminate, explore the myth of the American dream and the often-fatal attraction of new frontiers.
Day Jackson’s debut collection of furniture came about when he met the founders of Made by Choice on a visit to Finland where he was holding an exhibition of his paintings and sculptures. On the same trip, he coincidentally discovered the small town of Kolho, home to one of the world’s few Formica factories. Inspired by the Apollo landing the new collection features bent wood chairs and tables with subtly textured Formica surfaces imprinted with to-scale images of the crater-marked surface of the moon. madebychoice.com
Moonstone by Giopato and Coombes
The latest collection of lighting from talented British-Italian duo Cristiana Giopato and Christopher Coombes highlights the more primal, geological elements of the moon in a range of sculptural statement lights crafted from fine Bone china and oxidized bronze. The real magic of this collection however is how the light is dispersed from the china pieces — combining a lunar-like glow from the heart of each sculpture with a more practical, clear and direct down light, which emanates from central Murano glass filters. Luminescent indeed. giopatocoombes.com
We love the David Bowie Space Oddity-style take on colour in the new Moonwalk collection by Italian fashion, furniture and homewares maestros, Marni. Made by Colombian artisans the range features plenty of the brand’s signature woven pvc chairs alongside animal-like objects and sculptures, and a new series of one-of-a-kind, blown-glass bottles and drinking vessels. Launched earlier this year during Milan Design Week in a darkened, smoke-filled warehouse the opening night party amped up a space playground-like atmosphere complete with fun-slide and UFO-inspired sculptures. marni.com
Published Friday, 26th July 2019
By Studio Prineas
Kohlo Series by Matthew Dave Jackson
Moonstone by Giopato & Coombes
‘Goes to the moon’ collection by Marni