« I’m not a designer. I’m an architect who does design.»
Riddle looks like an eruption of energy like being side by side with the stars. It doesn’t really illuminate but adds a glow of light and shadow to the space giving a feel of the universe. Riddle is a spherical light made of aluminium or polycarbonate and perforated randomly with different-sized holes Depending on the space one wants to position, riddle can be used on the floor, mounted on a wall or post, or suspended. Winner of the 2008 Light + Building Fair Design Plus Prize.
TEA AND COFFEE TOWER GOLD – SERVICE À CAFÉ – ALESSI- Image credit to Alessi
Presented at the Venice Biennale. The coffee set can resemble a city made up of sparkling cylindrical towers which are coated with gold lacquer internally, creating a partial reflection from within the towers, similar to the lights from buildings. Inscribed on the plate, a written line from a song of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Couleur café”. Imprinted across the curve of the plate: “Café café que j’aime ta couleur café”
As per the above the tower coffee service, with the different size cylinders and in mirror-finish polished stainless steel with a double isothermal wall.
Even when empty, it’s beautiful, delicate, pure and simple glass cylinder with thick walls, where the yellow tinted base colour spreads into the perimeter of the glass.
“ I wanted to create a glass that would be an extension of the bottle, so this glass is elementary. It’s linked in nature to the shape of the bottle, which has remained unchanged for a hundred years, and to its colour. I wanted to express the essence of SUZE, hence the idea of a yellow glaze, which gives the impression that the glass is permanently full.” Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel explains ever so eloquently and with such passion that there is nothing I could add.
“An architect’s design is less about style than about structure, the essence of a question, as well as about the features of the era that poses that question. It evolves through distilling objects down to their essence, following techniques that may be unusual. What might the specific qualities of this perfume bottle be? Masculinity, luxury, a jewel-like preciousness. I wanted its shape to be self-evident: for it to be easily taken in hand, for it to further evoke several different registers of the imagination. I wanted it to thereby express the contradictions of “the Yves Saint Laurent man”, who mixes virility with fragility. The look of the bottle symbolises a perfectly accepted virility; but the contrasting delicacy of the glass implies a kind of fragility and gentleness. In the end, both glass and perfume play on the light that passes through them. That’s what makes the bottle precious, just as the perfume it houses is luxurious.” Jean Nouvel
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