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Glithero and Pieke Bergmans at Design Miami/

At Design Miami/ both Glithero and Pieke Bergmans launched new collections of work.

By Katie Dominy /asdf 20-12-2012

Glithero, the design duo of British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, had a busy Miami, with an installation entitled Lost Time, commissioned by Perrier-Jouët, as well as a new collection of porcelain vases, Silverware, shown through Galerie Vivid.

It was Glithero’s work with natural forms and structures that persuaded the Perrier-Jouët team and Design Miami/ jury of experts to choose them for the installation – given the champagne brand’s Art Nouveau heritage. Lost Time is a series of weighted beaded strings that hang down to form perfect curves, in homage to the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, who used this method to create the curves for his architectural models (upside down models – naturally).

Sarah Van Gameren from Glithero explains: "In response to the Art Nouveau style we have shifted the emphasis from the figurative representation of Nature, to the capturing of a pure experience of Nature".

For Galerie Vivid, Glithero turned their attention to seaweed, in a new twist on their well-received Blueware project from 2009 whereby direct impressions of botanical specimens were captured onto ceramics. For Silverware, the duo took different species of seaweed from the English Channel and arranged them on the surface of photosensitive porcelain vases. The vases are then put one by one into a special darkroom with a rotating light-rotating machine to expose them and finally immersed in a series of developing baths that work to reveal the tonal seaweed photogram on the rich black of the silver salt particles. 

Pieke Bergmans’ Metamorphosis for Venice Projects was one of the showstoppers of the fair. Luca Berta from Venice Projects told us “The response in Miami has been great. If we have asked one dollar for each photo taken, we would have covered the entire cost of the booth....” Metamorphosis is a series of Venetian lanterns - streetlights whose cast-iron bases twist and curl like tendrils and wall lights with elaborate natural curves – all ending with Bergmans’ signature distended lights, a follow on from Light Blurbs, but this time in hand-blown Venetian glass. 

With emotive names such as French Kiss (two wall-lanterns melted together) and Love Sick (a large wall-mounted light with sinuous curls) it is no surprise that Bergmans is looking to challenge the functional light.


 Bergmans explains: ‘The objects that surround us have the precision and regularity of machine-made things. Our Western world became a world where everything has to fit in and function. We all benefit from this development in an enormous way, but a world like a machine leaves little room for wondering and poetry. I want to open up our evident world, as I am passionately curious and persistent to expose another, unknown world’.

Main image: Silverware, Glithero
Other images: 1-3 Metamorphosis, Pieke Bergmans, Venice Projects 4-6  - Silverware, Glithero, Studio Vivid, Photo Petr Krejci 8-9 – Lost Time, Glithero, Perrier-Jouët, Photo Petr Krejci

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