with the 2013 collection ‘admit one gentleman’, dante – goods and bads is turning their attention on the myth and legend of the gentleman. his impeccable manners, his timeless elegance but also the decadence of his vices: all is reflected by the nature of the objects, their material and manufacturing. a subtle longing for a long-lost era.
‘scintilla’ by pietro russo brings glass crafting opposites together in an astounding new product: the highly industrialized technique of borosilicate inner extrusion (a type of glass with the main glass-forming constituents silica and boron oxide.), which when lit, causes the light to sparkle and scintillate due to its ribbed reflective surface. on the other hand, there is a contrast between the outer mouth-blown shape – epitome of the piece‘s domestic orientation – and the use of LED light inside the lamp‘s core providing a contemporary and industrialized approach.
during milan design week 2013, dante’s ‘admit one gentlemen’ collection has been shown at spazio rossana orlandi.
dante was founded in 2012 by artist aylin langreuter and industrial designer christophe de la fontaine. see designboom’s coverage of ‘goods and bads’, the dante 2012 collection here.
the company creates objects, products, editions with qualities above and beyond the substantial; associative qualities: emotions, habits, memories, tastes, aversions, the good, the bad, never the ugly. therefore, to each collection dante invites a so-called guest to inspire, mentor and/or influence it. each collection’s products, design and presentation then emerge from some form of dialog with that individual, institution or concept. his or her or its emotions, habits, memories.
the design of every product ever made has always been shaped by the most prominent need of the society that created it. more often than not, it was the search for the practical, for maximal usability. dante, however, senses another desire: warmth. content. so our filter is this: create a connection. create material objects that are not merely things, but favorites talismans. everyday products that are not a priori practical, useful, efficient but rather: emotional. so they can have unlikely material attributes like humor, vanity, passion. comfort, even.