bosa present: Designer Sam Baron
The three pieces he designed are a fusion of mythology and personal memories where a bull becomes
a Minotaur, the ram is seen as a honoured sacrificed animal used to celebrate gods, or even in a
wilder way the horse becomes a fantastastical figure like the unicorn.
Have you ever seen anything like it before? So sculptured in the most detailed way, when I die and get cremated, I want my ashes kept inside one of these jars.
Before I show any pictures of any product, you need to know the history of the company, where are they from? What they do? How long they have been in the market? I know its a bit to much for you, but here it is;
In a corner of the Venetian countryside, with an enchanting hilly skyline and babbling mountain brooks, there is a town, Borso del Grappa, which echoes the name of its highest and most noble mountaintop, where Bosa, the ceramic industry renowned around the world, chose to settle many years ago. It is no coincidence that the piedmont area of the Veneto region has merged Bassano’s great ceramic tradition with Venice’s spirit of cosmopolitan culture and Asolo’s pioneering attention to innovation.
In 1976 Italo Bosa began his own ceramic production, applying the ancient techniques for making objects entirely by hand, enhanced by a rich palette of colours, decorated with precious metals such as gold, platinum and copper, and enameled in the exclusive shades of colour created by the company. These precision techniques remain the foundation for Bosa’s production and ensure that Bosa’s objects remain unique, recognizable and of the finest quality.
The ceramic objects and accessories created by maison Bosa not only express the full range of its crafting expertise, but express its ceaseless experimentation with the potential of ceramic, with the aim of transforming formal and functional conventions into new interpretations, new functions and fantastic worlds, a mission that Bosa has passed on to his daughters Francesca and Daniela, to his wife and to everyone who works with him.
What distinguishes Bosa, and makes it a leader in the field of designer ceramics in Italy and around the world, is its decision to make research and innovation the strong points of the company, thereby creating the know-how required to develop projects that seemed impossible because of the difficulty involved in making oversize objects and moulds, which highlight the special joy the founder takes in sharing the design processes with his mostly young and European designers, who experiment with new languages, and have helped to establish an upscale market position for the Bosa brand.
From the initial collaboration with Marco Zanuso Jr., and the consolidated relationship with the Palomba-Serafini firm, Bosa has developed friendly professional relationships with Satyendra Pakhalé, Patricia Urquiola, Marco Morosini, Manolo Bossi, Gualtiero Sacchi, Sam Baron, Luca Nichetto and a particular understanding with Jaime Hayon, who has invented so many exuberant worlds. Equally important are its collaborations with leading manufacturers such as Minotti, Moroso, B&B Italia, Baccarat and its custom-designed contract work for Ferrari, Escada, DeBeers and many others.
Bosa is currently marketed in over 50 nations around the world, not only thanks to its reputation, brand image and product identity, but also thanks to the implementation of a specific marketing strategy that positions the company in various market niches with an ample range of products. This capillary distribution also benefits from the significant presence of art design pieces in the most prestigious international museums, in thematic exhibitions, temporary shows and bookshops, which ensure the company constant and valuable visibility.
Robox – Casamania bookshelf
A bookshelf, a man-sized robot, a “new household hero”, created by Fabio Novembre. Robox embraces all these definitions and leads itself easily to satisfy a variety of uses. This new design by Fabio Novembre is open to multiple interpretations adding to and personalizing its meaning and value. This anthropomorphic bookshelf animates the space it occupies, with its bright red heart, Robox is exactly the same height as the designer who created it.
Philippe I is a mini-collection of gueridon or small tables and café tables. Philippe I is the evolution of a formal language launched in the Marie Antoinette Pop Collection, presented by Casamania in 2009.
The Philippe I side tables are easy to place in any type of environment, either singularly or in couples. The collection is completed with an intimate dining or cafe table which evokes the romanticism of candle-lit dinners in the warm Parisian night.
The table is crafted from lacquered MDF coupled with the richness of walnut. A matt lacquer is applied to the piece like a sophisticated dress, the ‘skirt’ of which is raised slightly off the ground to offer a glimpse of warm flesh beneath. This sensuality is juxtaposed with a cool glass top in a mirrored or transparent finish, a stylistic foible with strong practical advantages.
These concepts passed through a filter, with explicit stylistic references to the 18th century French cabinetry tradition coupled with an attention to detail, manufacturing methods, and usability that are characteristic of our 21st century way of life.
Something touched my heart in a good way, I saw a Dutch based company called Anne-Claire Petite Home Interiors, and I got mesmerised by their products. They have a massive selection of products made by crochet, all hand made by women living in countryside villages of Northern China, Nepal and Thailand. In that part of the world, women have passed on their handwork traditions for many generations; its parts of their cultural heritage, so no child labor (slavery). These products are made to European standards, using finest cotton, wools and cashmere. Organic cottons are used whenever possible.
Once I met the sales people they had me “at hello” (Jerry Maguire). There product took me back to my childhood seeing the old ladies in my village knitting away, yet somehow, this companies product was far more elegant, colourful and vibrant in the detail. They really push the boundary of this type of product, creating everything beyond your imagination such as gigantic lobsters, bird cages, fishes and even chairs from crochet techniques – their butterfly chair -.
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A few days ago, I went to Paris to attend the Maison&Objet trade fair, which was exhibiting every thing regarding interior design, furnitures and accessories; totally a must place to be. It had eight different themed halls, from furniture to lighting, bedding to bathrooms, table covers to scented candles, childrens bedrooms and toys, art and fashion; so if you ever have the idea to visit only for one day, it is not enough. I met several buyers thinking they could see it all in one day, and at the end of the day they looked out of it!
I must say as as first timer I didn’t know what to expect? I am staying in central Paris, How do I get there? Can I take a train or is a taxi a must? It felt like I was going to the Emerald City, without speaking the language, and even though all the details were online in english, I still had that fear of being lost. So I decided to take the train, and found at the main train station many people dressed the same, going in one direction, and all I needed to do was follow the yellow brick road, (aka the other buyers). I joined the crowds on the same train and sat next to them. Everyone seemed to be looking at each other, as if they were scanning to determine whether you are an interior designer, buyer or exhibitor, but no one speaks. We finally arrived at the emerald city, aka Maison&Objet, and how it feels at home, every one was very obliging, plenty of information available and super organised. They say first impression is everything, and it did for me. No more of my journey, my next blog will be the products I found, my precious followers. These short words do not do justice in describing the fair, you should go yourself next time and see it, not only as a buyer or designer but as someone who loves beauty.
Buying furniture can be a significant investment, so you want to make sure you’re putting your money towards something that will last. While fluffy upholstered pieces can help you take a load off at the end of a busy day, fabric furniture is often more difficult to care for and maintain than wood. Designer Adam Friedman from Los Angeles’ Sitskie design studio, who spent years working in furniture sales, has created a new line of furniture that aims to solve this problem. His solid wood pieces conform to the body like memory foam, giving users the best of both worlds.
Friedman’s cushioned block system is responsible for providing a soft comfortable experience while also maintaining the benefits of a solid surface including durability and cleanliness. He hopes that with this new design he’ll be able to address people’s concerns about damage, staining, dust, life of fabric and style often raised with regard to upholstered pieces. It has taken Friedman and his team years of trial and error; however, they are pleased to bring their unique solution, which is also backed by a U.S. patent, to the market.
One of their newest pieces, the Blocked Bench Arm, is constructed from 450 separate pieces of wood. All of the furniture is made with solid domestic and responsibly harvested wood.