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Milan Design Week 2015

This week sees Salone del Mobile take over the city of Milan. In honour of the event which celebrates all things design, our flagship store in Milan will be presenting a selection of works from London Metropolitan University’s CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design and London-based lifestyle brand and design studio, TIIPOI.

Together, CASS and TIIPOI will present Alchemy: Material Obsessions - an exhibition exploring craftsmanship and the art of making. Looking at tradition and how raw materials are used to create a final object, the store will play host to a number of pieces which reflect this.

CASS

A River Runs Through it / Refuge by ceramic artist Fred Gatley is a collection of polished bone china bowls which incorporate fragments collected from the river Thames. These works display a fascination with surface, texture and the unassuming integrity of natural materials.

CNC Windsor Chair by furniture designer William Warren looks at the traditional English Windsor chair and updates the long-established manufacturing technique with CNC machine technology. The chair is so designed that three can be produced from one single sheet of 30mm ply and comes flat packed, allowing the buyer to become the ‘maker’.

Stackers chair series by contemporary upholsterer Jude Dennis takes a playful look at tradition and institution, each chair is upholstered using traditional upholstery techniques and materials but with a contemporary twist that celebrates and subverts the traditional craft skills. Throughout Milan Design week Jude will be live in store upholstering a new Stacker chair.

TIIPOI

The Mirror 6 Collection by TIIPOI consists of metal mirrors that are cast using a complex bronze-alloy - the origin of which dates back to the 15th century from a town called Aranmula, Kerala, in Southern India.

TIIPOI collaborate with a family in Aranmula who have been making cast metal mirrors for over 600 years. The alloy composition is a closely guarded secret as it is said to have come to an ancestor in a dream. Once cast, the metal is laboriously polished by hand until the surface turns reflective. The reflections produced by these mirrors are considered the purest kind, as the light is reflected directly from the polished surface.

Alchemy: Material Obsessions will be hosted at Vivienne Westwood, Corso Venezia 25, Milan, 13th-18th April.