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This week in the Design District, Luminaire Lab will present an exhibition showcasing pieces by Japanese maestro of design, Shiro Kuramata. The pioneering designer used modern materials—acrylic, glass, steel mesh—in an elegant way. No stranger to experimentation, his practice was defined by the goal “to be free of gravity, free of bondage.” Indeed, his furniture appears to defy the laws of physics in poetic shapes and appearance.
There for the opening on Thursday, December 7, will be the guest of honor Giulio Cappellini, founder of the Italian design brand, offering insight into the unique design language of Kuramata. Cappellini was one of the first companies to introduce Kuramata to a western audience,
in 1987, and still produce a number of his designs. The collaborative exhibition, put together by Luminaire and Cappellini and curated by Giulio Cappellini, is on view to the public through mid-January 2018.
Earlier in the week at Luminaire’s latest Design District outpost, Lab2, the 90th-anniversary book for Cassina, “This Will be the Place,” was presented. On Wednesday, December 6, the book’s editor Felix Burrichter was present along with Cassina’s Art Director Patricia Urquiola, and renowned designer Konstantin Grcic. At Lab2, the three will also sign copies of the book that explores contemporary social behaviors while investigating the cultural effect interior design and architecture has on the way we live.