Luminaire has always maintained an outstanding leadership role in bringing some of the best designers from around the world to the American public. Ever since Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola came to Luminaire, she definitely set the bar for the company. Last Tuesday, June 14, Urquioa had the pleasure of hosting an astonishing lecture and expo during the highly-anticipated NeoCon event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
With nearly 400 attendees that included guest designers Todd Bracher, Jeffert Bernett and Art Institute’s Curator of Design, Zoe Ryan, Urquiola narrated the night to a visual presentation conveying the story of her works that she described as “delicious disasters.” The mastermind shared images of prototypes, preparatory sketches, as well as her very own photographs of inspiring senses including work by contemporary artist, a drawing by her daughter, and an abandoned chair on the streets of Sao Paolo. The designers play with scale and reinterpreting the past and present, draws from her memory with a stated interest in examining out tools for living.
Luminaire’s exhibition was mainly to display the designer’s philosophical range and unrestrained style of her work in demonstrating client’s the companies mission to educate and increase awareness through providing access to the most innovative figures of contemporary design.
The night was a complete hit that had guest mingling through the three-leveled showroom, which featured Urquiola’s products for B&B Italia, selected designs for other manufactures and her newest pieces for Luminaire that emphasized the use of materials as well as distinct manufacturing techniques.
In addition to her featured pieces the expo also included her 2010’s Bend sofa and the Husk chair that was unveiled at the April’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Also, modern classics including objects from the Tufty-Time line and Fat-Fat series were presented as well as her groundbreaking outdoor furniture collection, featuring samples from Canasta, Crionline and Ravel.