DESIGN MIAMI | Top 10 Contemporary Designs
Nacho Carbonell is known for his tactile approach to sculpture, which plays with textures, experimental techniques, and natural materials. Skillfully handcrafted, the Cocoon lamp series is organic in form, yet created from industrial materials, including metal mesh,, broken glass, sand, smashed concrete and steel. Using a unique form of plaster invented by the designer himself, Carbonell transforms the hard, seemingly masculine materials into poetic, growing, feminine shapes. Key highlights include exhibitions at the Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna) and Groninger Museum (the Netherlands), as well as being named Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel. “I like to see objects as living organisms, imagine them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behavior. I want to create objects with my hands; then I can give them my personality. I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s feelings and imagination. In short, what I want to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element that allow you to escape everyday life,” - Nacho Carbonell.
Nacho Carbonell, Tin Laying Bubble Table Lamp, 2020. Recycled beer bottle glass, tin, metal wire, metal welded branch, concrete base, silicon cable, light fittings, 41 x 64 x 80 cm.
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