Autumn Still Life 2017


19 October 2017

“I have a long-term plan to write a novella for each season,” the novelist Ali Smith once wrote. “It seems to me the seasons are so gifted to us that it’s a kind of duty, a very nice one.”

Just as Smith's plan began to come to fruition with last year's Booker shortlisted Autumn, so too has Disegno begun to think of such matters. The seasons, after all, feel too good to waste.

As such, Disegno is delighted to launch a new series of seasonal still-life galleries, published exclusively on Disegno Daily. Today, we debut Autumn.

The gallery is composed of a selection of images of recent design objects, curated by Disegno's editors, which have stayed with us over the past months, and which are somehow redolent of autumn.

We hope that cliches have been avoided, but each object is intended to offer a suggestion of seasonality. A light shaped like a lollipop, whose muted colours hints at the end of a season spent on the beach. Ceramic mugs whose contents would steam and mist in the growing crispness. An outdoor chair, eking out its last days of use before the freeze of winter begins to take grip.

Each object has been photographed by Martina Ferrara in London's Ace Hotel. We hope that you enjoy them, and that they provide some succour and warmth in the brisk chill of autumn.

Table by Soft Baroque for the Ready Made Go 3 collection for Ace Hotel. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.

This is one of two tables designed by London-based studio Soft Baroque for the Ready Made Go 3 collection for Ace Hotel in London. Curated by Modern Design Review founder Laura Houseley, the collection was unveiled during the London Design Festival last month.

The tables are made from "silicastone", a new composite material consisting of a mixture of recycled glass from old television screens and sinks and baths. The material is produced by the company Alusid, which is based in Lancashire, and has the sturdiness of natural stone.

The table is constructed using a traditional finger or comb joint, which is highlighted by the different blue shades of the three slabs of silicastone.

Soft Baroque
Ace Hotel

Lollipop table lamp by Boris Klimek for Lasvit. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.
Detail of Lollipop table lamp by Boris Klimek for Lasvit. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.

Boris Klimek is a Prague-based Slovakian designed who works across furniture, interiors, and lighting design. Lollipop by Klimek is a series of slumped glass lights for Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit which features both suspended pendant lights and table lamps.

Slumping is a traditional and complex glass-making technique in which the glass is working into shape with the help of a mould. The grain, colour and glint of the slumped glass in Lollipop combined with its inset light source is reminiscent of the candy, pop aesthetic of a lolly. But the lamps are also nod towards an ancient technique, and the Czech glassblowing tradition.

Boris Klimek

Two mugs from the Exquisite collection by Martino Gamper and Friends for 1882. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.
Pitcher and teapot from the Exquisite collection by Martino Gamper and Friends for 1882. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.

The name of this tea set – Exquisite – by Martino Gamper and Friends for 1882 comes from the Surrealist parlour game exquisite corpse. When playing exquisite corpse, participants communally create an image or sentence without seeing the entirety of the parts contributed by other participants. The Surrealists, who played the game from the 1920s onwards, hoped to achieve jarring, dream-like images through the game. Martino Gamper and Friends have taken it on to create the pattern for this 1882 tea set.

Martino Gamper and Friends is the collective that formed at last year's LDF to participate in the No Ordinary Love exhibition at Seeds. The group includes Martino Gamper, Tiago Almeida, Lars Frideen, Max Frommeld, Faudet Harrison, Gemma Holt, Jochen Holz, Max Lamb, Will Shannon, Silo Studio, Harry Thaler, and Bethan Laura Wood. Disegno was pleased to find Martino Gamper and Friends producing more work with ceramics as a group – a material many members of the collective had not worked with until 2016. Exquisite was shown as part of the Brompton Design District at this year's LDF.

Martino Gamper and Friends

Agave lounge chair by Mattia Albicini for Ethimo, 2017. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.
Detail of the Agave lounge chair by Mattia Albicini for Ethimo, 2017. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.

Disegno found this lounge chair from Italian outdoor furniture maker Ethimo's Agave collection at this year's IMM Cologne. Its solid teak seat and backrest panels suggest a chair suitable for an interior, but a division down the Agave lounge chair's centre acts as a drainage system for outdoor use. The chair's form owes a debt to the Eames Molded Plywood lounge chair, but updates the typology with its introduction of solid wood in place of ply.

The lounge chair is one member of the Agave family, alongside a dining chair, and coffee, dining, and round tables.

Mattia Albicini

Detail of an experimental wooden object by Max Frommeld, from his Californian series of works. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.
An experimental wooden object by Max Frommeld from his Californian series of works. Currently on display at the Aram Gallery as part of _Making a Living_. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.

During this year's LDF, The Aram Gallery hosted Making a Living, a solo exhibition of German-born London-based designer Max Frommeld's work.

Disegno was particularly taken with a series of experimental wooden objects on display, made by Frommeld from the so-called "chunk archive" of the artist J. B. Blunk (1926-2002), a sculptor who had been based in Inverness, California. Blunk, who was Frommeld's father-in-law, made sculptures from wood salvaged from the local logging industry. Each piece, through the marks produced by both Blunk and Frommeld, becomes a kind of family narrative – a generational act of design.

Max Frommeld
The Aram Gallery

Rubberband Angle Series notebooks. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.
Rubberband Angle Series notebooks. IMAGE Martina Ferrera.

Disegno came acrooss the Angle Series from Mumbai-based design company Rubberband during this year's LDF at the Truman Brewery. The lower left-hand corner of the notepad is cut at a slight angle, making it easier to flick between its pages. Currently, the Angle Series accommodates right-handed users. Disegno eagerly anticipates the left-handed collection.