4 November 2022
4 November 2022
Designers have not waited for Halloween to turn into the bizarre, the enigmatic, the monstrous… For a year, a new aesthetic trend has been taking shape: furniture is becoming amorphous, materials spongy as well as hairy, colors cacophonous. A style that assumes its craft manufacturing and claims its singularity. Far from industry standards, designers question the notion of beauty to privilege the surprise, the mystery.
Spiders, little monsters on legs or references to the movie « Beetle Juice » by Tim Burton, the inspirations of the creators are anything but smooth and break with the ambient minimalism. The design world can tremble…
It all starts on the other side of the Atlantic, last spring, the MELT exhibition mounted by Adorno and HNH Gallery presented the work of a wide range of creators. What do they have in common? Being attuned to experimental and expressionist aesthetics. A subversive design that reshuffles the cards of creation.
A monster on the ground? No, a Dune. This carpet imagined by Mush Studios plays with several heights of hair, giving the illusion of a fluid movement. Intriguing.
Els Woldhek and Georgi Manassiev behind Odd Matter never stop playing with matter. Their experimental approach aims to push the boundaries of processes and surfaces.
In recent years, the duo developed the « Guise » collection for the Nilufar gallery in Milan: amorphous pieces made from sculpted foam covered with iridescent automotive lacquer.
His strange and naive furniture has found its way into the most important museums, such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His « CLAY » collection is made of industrial clay in bright colors and is handcrafted.
The singular aesthetic of director Tom Burton marked the creatives. A whole generation was inspired by his cult film Beetle Juice, a generation to which the dealer Gennaro Leone surely belongs. In his store Spazio Leone in London, he brings together Art Deco and postmodernist pieces while playing with surrealist motifs. An aesthetic inspired by Delia Deetz (Catherine O’Hara’s sculptor mother-in-law in the film).