This year we selected a few pieces that represent the spirit of New Year’s Eve.
Nancy Lorenz combines a deep understanding of Post-War abstraction with a reverence for the craft and materials of traditional Asian art. Lorenz lived in Tokyo for five years, where she absorbed the idea that luxurious materials, such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and gold leaf, can be used in a painterly way. Her work blurs the distinction between fine and decorative art.
Bob Van Breda creates distinctive work from multiple mediums that explore the often overlooked and mundane articles of everyday existence. Works from his Objects series consist of metal plated found items turned into sculptural objects that focus on the inherent beauty of form thus expanding the dialogue of what was once considered strictly functional.
Initially Aldridge shot covers of the American monthly fashion magazine W, then he worked for Numéro, Teen Vogue, Vogue Nippon, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The New Yorker, The Face, Paradis and Harper’s Bazaar. For many years he has been an important contributor for Vogue Italia, building a solid friendship with Franca Sozzani.
Aldridge worked as an advertising photographer for Longchamp, MAC Cosmetics, Sergio Rossi, Carolina Herrera, Lavazza and Mercedes E-Class, among the others. He shooted for noted fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent e Paul Smith.
Mattia Bonetti is a Paris based artist and designer. Bonetti was born in Lugano, Switzerland and studied textile design at the Centro Scolastico per l’Industria Artistica. Bonetti moved from Switzerland to Paris, where he now lives and work. Prior to designing furniture, Bonetti worked as a stylist and photographer. In 1979 he began designing furniture. All of his work begins as a freehand sketch which is then fabricated. Bonetti has worked with the same fabricators for decades, employing craftsmen to make transform his drawings.
For years Michael has produced his work in very limited quantities as editions of quality crafted pieces and small runs. In 2007 he set up a company to increase the availability of his objects. He traveled around the world and located small family run workshops to fabricate his pieces. The workshops were selected for their unique manufacturing skills and tradition in the use of materials.