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Life Imitating Art

Model #
USC-0056055A
USC-0056015A

Designed in 1967
Manufactured in Italy
Injection-molded ABS Resin
Colors Orange or White
Base Diameter 8 in
Fixture Height 13 in
Shade Diameter 21 in

ODE TO NESSO

Sometimes I wonder how the process works. How things get formulated into ideas and then ideas become brain storms and dots begin connecting, until our labors pay off and idea has become reality. To take what is essentially nothing and make it into a tangible, functioning, helpful, life-changing something… It’s truly inspiring to think this way of all the great (and unsung) minds that have gotten our society to where we are today.

N-E-S-S-O

MOD might be what they call you

and call you, they do

same style and form as the day you were born

definition of classic and traditional

still in the books, still in the guides

on how design standards rise

above the rest, true to the test

you’re the best of the best

minimal, that’s 1 not 2

you’re on the pedestal

 

I’m not a poet, I wrote that really quick to be cute. Did it work?

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about patterns, behaviors, and shifts that have happened in my life. I’ve been putting work into me, trying to work out issues I have with myself and the issues that keep me from having sustaining and rewarding relationships.

With this post, I’m attempting to try to take things a bit deeper. More personal, learning myself again, while blending it with my everyday. I realized that I’ve become a different person, as most do over the years, but what I realized is that I was treating myself as that younger self and the current version writing this very entry as though he were a ghost. A faint memory fading from any sort of presence. Allowing myself to think of tomorrow as though it wasn’t already on its way. I was allowing myself to not care.

A two for one sort of deal. When my anxiety starts rising and I’m aware of it in time to shut it down before it shuts me down, I try to use some techniques I’ve learned. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure where I learned them, probably online somewhere. So please, don’t try this at home, I am not a doctor.

My commentary with a little background on The Nesso Table Lamp. It’s a precursory to examining the creative process. As a creative individual, self-labeled, I have come to a place in my life where I seek to explore my own processes, down to a neurological level. Many factors in my personal life have lead to this, of which at this juncture are irrelevant to this article. 

Nesso Table Lamp
By Giancarlo Mattioli
from Artemide

photography by Justin w John

Designed by Giancarlo Mattioli and Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova, in the glamorous 60’s era, Nesso is an international icon of futuristic, democratic design. Part of the “Modern Classics” reissued line, it was a marvel of ABS thermoplastic injection-molding when first introduced in 1967 thus bringing industrial materials and methods to the home and office environments.

A dash of color and a design inspired from nature, Nesso stems from the visionary identity of Artemide. Its’ iconic curves wind into a true collectible, an expressive statement piece of internationally acclaimed calibre and fame. An iconic piece having staged its presence in various landmarks, Nesso is considered a valuable piece of art. An “icon” of design, part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

AFFILIATE LINKS

Probably the most quintessential piece of design to represent the 1960s, its dramatic shape and scale is like that of a gentle giant.

Effortlessly fluid curves, clean color, and luminous glow never impede upon its environment or surroundings. Demanding attention in a coy manner. The dimpled shade, supposedly modeled after a woman’s navel,
also views as a mushroom shape from the side.

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM
  • 1st Award Concorso Studio Artemide/Domus, 1965 Milan.
  • The Twentieth Century Design Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • The Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Permanent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado.
  • Represented in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem Permanent exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Montreal.
  • Permanent exhibit at the Museo del Design Italiano, Milan Triennale.

With headquarters in Italy, Artemide Lighting has been bringing a relaxing mood and harmonious ambiance to contemporary home living through their timeless lighting solutions since 1960. Artemide Lighting has a mission to create the perfect expression of sustainable design by blending old-world wisdom and next-generation technology to illuminate the future with high style lighting. Popular worldwide, Artemide Lighting offers an exclusive, high-end collection of ceiling, wall, and floor lamps to illuminate luxury in the modern home.

Bump | Tom Dixon

BUMP


The BUMP family by Tom Dixon still has me floating. I love the delicate rounded forms of translucent glass with touches of pink and black. I usually respond to things that reflect the notion of science and the pursuit of knowledge. I imagine a futuristic botanical lab on the moon or further off in a dark corner of space. Black, white, cold, silent. It’s like something from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Retro Future. Round and Round again, circles, infinity. A gorgeous collection from Tom Dixon.
-JWJ


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[from TomDixon.net]
A series of minimalist, borosilicate forms designed to serve as the ritualistic instruments of every day hosting. Delicately handmade with subtle levels of pink and grey tonal translucency, Bump offers an elegant approach to floral arrangements.

With these articles for measuring, brewing, steaming, cooling, pouring and preserving we are exploring the transformative alchemy of curious instruments and chemical reactions. Inspired by laboratory apparatus, Bump is an exercise in the manipulation of the conical, spherical and tubular building blocks that we love to play with, of double walled glassmaking and a play in transparency and translucence.

Mouth-blown into an engineered graphite mould, Bump is made of borosilicate, the heat resistant glass familiarly found in science laboratories. Light weight, durable and able to withstand high temperatures, borosilicate glass is usually seen in a colourless and clear state, but here it is elevated by the rare translucent pinks and glossy black raw material, that have been fused, blown and manipulated into delicate shapes.

Bump-Bubble-Vase-Detail


PRODUCT CARE:
Hand-wash in warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth. Suitable for use with food. Always rinse before use. Not dish-washer safe. Do not use abrasive agents as this will damage the surface. The products are hand made and variations will occur. Colour may change over time due to the character of the material.


— Press Release, Sept. 2017. Read on www.tomdixon.net/catalog/product/view/id/1926/s/bump-vase-tall/category/265/

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