‘Cocktail Atmospheres’: Matter of Stuff takes residence at sketch during LDF




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At sketch, Matter of Stuff will present ‘Cocktail Atmospheres’, an exhibition which will unveil LUMINARIE by Sabina Belfiore Lucovich, ‘A Drink with Wes’ by 1millimitre and ‘Club Chair’ by Glen Baghurst. A flight of cocktails imagined by sketch mixologists will provide an edible design experience.

At sketch, MOS Matter of Stuff will present ‘Cocktail Atmospheres’, an exhibition which will unveil LUMINARIE by Sabina Belfiore Lucovich ,‘A Drink with Wes’ by 1millimitre and ‘Club Chair’ by Glen Baghurst. A flight of especially designed cocktails imagined by sketch mixologists will provide an edible design experience to ‘stimulate the senses’ during the festival.

MOS will also present NODA and DESKSCAPE, the final design pieces created during the MOS Residency program with students from Camberwell College of Arts and Kingston University, where 15 students responded to the theme of Marble Waste and Table Ware and spent time in the Carrara Marble Quarries and Workshops.
The exhibition at sketch will also comprise furniture pieces by international designers – Marque’ Dry Bar by Alessandro Zambelli; Coulee Side table by Nina Cho; The Veiled by Olga Bielawska; Mirrored and Remetaled by Tim Vanlier; and Echo by Uufie, winners of the inaugural MOS Designer Residency Competition. The competition and residency was established to create new design typologies in marble and metal.

Sabina Belfiore Lucovich: Luminarie
"Luminarie" is an expressive study of light, defined and interpreted solely through patterns and tiny luminous spots.
Nude, ethereal, hypnotic and silent forms, handcrafted from pure copper and with micro LEDs.
The inspiration was a memory: the lights of the religious festivals of southern Italy.
The vision: to strip light of heavy matter to attain special spaces and wonderful interiors, and to redefine traditional skill and beauty with a contemporary twist, and make the light shine in a new era with the same emotional and evocative force as then.
A poetic, illusory and mobile work of art, a nocturnal trail to leave where it is to shine for hours. During the day the light is mysterious and gentle, in semi-darkness and darkness matter disappears, leaving the design and its reflections to vibrate.
This artistic and technological ‘Made in Italy’ project uses sophisticated lighting technology materials conceived exclusively for these creations: a flexible, low energy system which can support any order of magnitude.
The installations are two- or three-dimensional and are designed to enhance unusual, yet simple, private and public spaces but also to add an original touch to extraordinary historic and contemporary environments.

1millimitre: A Drink with Wes
A Drink with Wes is a bar

Glen Baghurst: Club Chair
Fashion designers dress one common frame in various ways. This chair is an exploration in draping a seat frame and uses elements similar to high fashion. The leather has been bent and draped over both straight and curved shapes to create depth and volume to the chair. English saddlery has been a major inspiration in developing the hardware and shape of the dress on this frame.

MOS Residency program
MOS works with universities to facilitate the relationship between design students and the manufacturing world in order to extend their hands-on craft skills, instill a value for natural resources and engender a belief in designing “better”. With an annual designer residency program, MOS aims to promote a meaningful exchange between the manufacturing and the design world. Young designers and students have the opportunity to learn and work with manufacturers in Tuscany to bring their designs to life.

Arturo Soto and Nathalie Pitchler: Deskscape
The place where people are working tells a lot about their character. The workplace is a small part of their living area. This place represents the people who are working there. It doesn´t matter if they are physically there or not, the objects on the desk will always represent and tell something of the owner. The objective of DESKCAPE is to gather all this properties and create an atmosphere, your own atmosphere.
Its versatility let you create different arrangements for different purposes. These arrangements interact with your personal utensils.
The desktop organizer includes the features of a card-, ipad-, pencil-, scissor holder, a place for small things like clips or other various small objects which are strolling around on your workplace.
Developed during MOS Student Residency Spring Program in collaboration with Camberwell College of Arts

Karsan Haval, Phoebe Morris and Lara Chapman: NODA
NODA pays homage to the historic use of marble as a medium for sculptors. NODA is a set of four trivets that, in their downtime, create modern, small-scale sculptures for the dining table; providing a functional, decorative and interactive element in one product. When not in use, the trivets encourage the user to play with form and balance to create their own interesting centrepiece.
NODA’s form celebrates a contemporary take on sculpture, using simple geometric shapes allows ease of use, as well as allowing the beauty of the natural patterns of marble to be highlighted. Whilst not only focusing on aesthetics, NODA utilises marbles natural quality of heat resistance which lends itself to being used as trivets for hot pans.
NODA is simple and inexpensive to manufacture. By using the standard 20mm thick slabs of marble no extra machining is necessary. Furthermore, it is quick and simple to create on the water jet cutter. NODA uses simple joining slots to make the 2D slabs into 3D sculptures. Discreet felt inserts protects the marble from scratching when slotted together and creates a snug and stable fit.
The contrasting colours of the marble create beautifully simple, yet striking forms.
Developed during MOS Student Residency Spring Program in collaboration with Kingston University

Alessandro Zambelli: Marque’
The use of inlaid metal is an homage to Paris of the 20s and to the Art Deco designs of Emile Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand, who were the main advocates of this style. Essential forms, which are minimal yet refined, exude a timeless elegance and are a clear reference to the elitarian craftsmanship. which gave form to such excellence.
In Marque’, material and forms become essence of memories, referring to traditional techniques: different styles mix together with the search for new languages that can be achieved within the realm of excellence and craftsmanship only found in Italy. The Art Deco design now reborn in a contemporary key and makes its way in the Third Millennium.
Marque’ Collection comprises a series of storage furniture that include a small cabinet, a dry bar, a console and a coffee table, where the material used – metal – is read in ebanistic terms through the use of inlays as new element of character and prestige. The linear essentiality of the forms, which is reflected in each element of the collection, is enriched by the presence of precious superficial decors that are juxtaposed through inlays: small metal oxidised plates animate the surface of each storage element with their refined alternation of delicate geometrical motifs. The oxidation process brings a unique mutation of the surface itself, enriched by a whole variety of shades and gradation.

Nina Cho:Coulee
The distinguishing feature of the Coulee side table is the subtle recessed curve on the middle of flat table top¬.
The recessed curve implies a gentle gesture for many different ways of uses.
The curved surface can be used as organizer and container for displaying small goods, coins, cell phone, keys, flowers, etc.
Using two heavy¬weight pieces can create a stable structure by joining complimenting geometry.
Basic marble table top slabs exist for steel or wood armature. With this piece, I want to create a new function for marble as armature and make the table a singular mass/volume/sculpture.

Olga Bielawska: The Veiled
The Veiled is a collection of tables and trays made of marble with a graphical pattern inspired by an ancient statue.
It experiments with the dichotomy between a silk and soft looking surface for a hard material like marble.
The effect of light and dark-coloured marble in stripes is both graphic and illusional.
The pattern catches your eye and invites you to touch.
It combines a modern technique and aesthetic with the traditional way of making inlays.

Studio Uufie: Echo
The "echo" table pushes the material limits of metal and wood to imagine an intangible reality.
In wood, the grain tells its history and by using a technique of exposing the hardwood (season of winter) and embedded metal into the lines of the softwood (season of summer), each growth creates an elusive boundary between the two materials.
The objectivity is further enhanced by removing the sense of substantial weight and density of the materials.
Beauty and inspiration are found all around us. The table legs reference the shape generated by the spilling of water.
The variation of the table top in an organic circle like a stone formed by the sea current.
It enacts the activity and motion which would happen around a table.
Alluding to the subtle shades of a sunrise, the color of three tables are created in three metal: aluminum, copper, and brass.

Tim Vanlier: Remetaled / Mirrored
The design process for Remetaled tables and Mirrored mirrors started with a broad material research within metal, an experimental phase together with the manufacturer focused on layering metals.
Layering brings depth in a object, offers room for surprises, and gives the metal an innovative materiality.
Remetaled table is a series of two tables, consisting a composition of different types of metal sheets.
By nesting metal sheets in a vertical direction, a readable layered texture originates, which gives the metal a new materiality.
Mirrored are reflective objects constructed out of different types of stacked metal. The layering of different types of metals gives an organic feel to these mirrors.

sketch & Matter of Stuff

sketch’s home, 9 Conduit Street, was designed by James Wyatt in 1779 and has previously been the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects before later becoming the London Atelier of Christian Dior.

sketch was inaugurated in 2002 by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and three Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, as a destination for food, art and music and continues to contribute to the building’s heritage as a destination for
experimentation in design, art and architecture.
The site consists of the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade, the East Bar, and the Gallery. The Lecture Room & Library was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005, in 2012, the restaurant won its second Michelin star, which it retains today.

Over the past decade, due to Mazouz’s commitment to art and design, the venue has hosted over fifty exhibitions of artists’ moving image including work by Carsten Nicolai, John Baldessari, Jonas Mekas, Mary Ellen Bute and more recently Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Turner Prize Nominee David Shrigley as part of a new long-term programme of artist-designed restaurant for the Gallery.

MOS is founded by architects and curators Simona Auteri and Sofia Steffenoni, who realise the importance of the people behind the products they represent and the enormous amount of time, knowledge and expertise that is spent developing a finished product by artists, designers and fabricators.
Their aim is to develop a community of designers and manufacturers with a culture where craftsmanship is at the heart of any creation, be it a space or a product.
The name Matter of Stuff reflects the company’s passion for materiality and the importance of prime materials as the base of everyday objects. As well as an e-commerce site, the MOS website is an informative platform where customers and design lovers are able to get insight into the creating process behind the objects on sale. Matter of Stuff’s range of products combine cutting edge techniques with traditional craftsmanship and creativity.

Founders Simona Auteri and Sofia Steffenoni comment: "‘We select designers and manufacturers on the base of their talent and know how with the vision of creating a community where new collaborations are made possible. We are so used to having fast accessibility to so many products that we hardly stop and think about how that particular object was made, assuming it just came out of a box. Matter of Stuff challenge that assumption, and want to unveil the story and process of making behind each product we sell.”

Matter of Stuff takes on a selection of architecture and interior design projects, offering its clients a fully comprehensive consultation, from architecture to interior design and furnishing services. MOS caters to the very highest level of excellence, tailoring exclusive concepts to the client’s personal vision and requirement.

Founders Simona Auteri and Sofia Steffenoni are UK registered architects.

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