Artek in Miami: Design + World at Luminaire
December 3, 2009
Luminaire is proud to present Design + World during Design Miami and Art Basel, Miami Beach, 2009.
This year, Luminaire will focus its attention on design from around the world featuring installations from German design students, the future of product design sustainability by Shigeru Ban, an enticing new fragrance by Comme des Garçons teamed with Artek and an exclusive viewing of personal videos from renowned designers.
Artek's 10-Unit System is a novel furniture concept designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban in 2009. As an accomplished and international architect Ban is most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard paper tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. Ban used his passion for sustainability when creating the 10-Unit System which is made from ProFi, an environmentally friendly wood-plastic composite: non-toxic, durable, and recyclable. The fully modular system is based on Lshaped units that can be combined to create a chair, a table and a bench.
Luminaire is also proud to present STANDARD a new fragrance by Artek and Comme des Garçons. In October 2009, Artek and Comme des Garçons launched their joint creation, the STANDARD fragrance. The name derives from Artek’s philosophy, based on Alvar Aalto’s original idea of systems and standards in furniture design. The unisex fragrance was created in line with Artek STUDIO's brief on combining synthetic and natural elements. The result is a blend of Finnish Labrador Tea, Twinflower Linnea Borealis, metal and rust in the base notes and fennel, ginger, lemon, musk, saffron and cedarwood in the top notes. In line with Artek’s design ideology, the scent was created with the ambition to nourish physical and emotional well-being.
With an ongoing commitment to design education, Luminaire will be exhibiting an installation called The Third Space, an experimental project created by 52 interior design students from Germany. This project addresses sociological situations such as profiling or privacy, and translates them into specific spacious situations. The environmental settings are reminiscent of a bird's nest where the visitor is able to get playful by exploring a tent-like structure being made of spiderweblike braided mesh. The structure is mainly made of cablestraps and completely concepted by the students.