I visited the international interior design fair Biënnale Interieur 2014 and brought my Fuji X20 with me to take some shots of the most striking, spectacular and the most gorgeous items being showcased.
During the opening weekend, I helped a Swiss company called Architonic by handing out bags and flyers. They run a sort of online library full of design objects you can buy, ranging from wall coverings to furniture to faucets and many more.
As you can see, they also had a stand with a sculpture inside it, which was the result of a small design assignment held in the University of Zürich. The chosen design is from Samuel Schumacher, he has made a sculpture which is modular and can be stacked to form one big structure. Besides this model, there were 2 other bigger models present in other halls.
By the time I went to Interieur 2014 as a visitor, I knew where to go and where the most interesting things were.
This is a waterpipe designed by Nedda El-Asmar, who was designer of the year 2007 in Belgium. She said that she showcased this particular object to attract the younger generation of visitors (people between the age of 18 and 30).
Every time I walked by, I saw a group of young people standing at her table, so you could say she was right.
In the middle of the hall you could see the furniture designed by Marine Bautier, designer of the year 2014. Her mission statement is to design minimalistic products. To avoid the products from becoming sterile, she uses wood to give her products a warm personality.
Quinze & Milan, a well known design agency know for their brightly coloured and unique design language, was also present.
Some fine knolling.
On the other side of the panel, there hung a ladder from the ceiling upside down, decorated with light bulbs. All these weird lightning objects are from Den Herder Production house, exhibiting all kinds of experimental lightning furniture whether it is practical or not.
The Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck.
This was a small construction filled with designs from Jasper Morrison promoting a future exhibition of him at the Grand-Hornu in Belgium.
I am absolutely speechless about this radio by Geneva. This right here is sex, just look at those clean cut lines, the finely perforated side, the beautiful finish of the aluminium and the seamless integration of the display into the body. Not to mention how the antenna fits perfectly in the top when closed. It has elements in it that remind me of Jony Ive, Dieter Rams and a little bit of Marc Newson.
This radio is like the modern version of Dieter Rams' Braun T1000.
A very casual stand from Durlet. The wooden walls and floors with the diffused light combined with the sofa-shaped seats reminds me a bit of the Case Study Houses.
And on the other side of the aisle, there was a more abstract and sterile stand from a company that specialises in walls if I recall correctly.
While walking through the fair I came across this monstrosity of a booth. I don't know what the people organising the stand were thinking but this is one of the most visually unpleasing spaces I have seen that day. The chaotic arrangement where they probably tried to exhibit everything they have made to date did not do them any good because all you could see was a cacophony of white lines. They should have selected the best items form their portfolio and put them there.
This is a perfect example why "Less is more" is still important these days.
There was a truck hidden between two big halls with a small demo room inside from a tiling company called Mosa.
To me, the use of the font Myriad Pro, the luminous logo and the bright modern interior of the truck resembled the aestethics of Apple.
A clever joint solution made of plastic. Imagine the possibilities if you can print the joint piece with a 3D printer and then try to experiment with it to create new shapes and sizes.
In the end, this was another excellent edition of the biennial expo.
I'm already waiting for the next one to come.