Cutting edge

It was an evening I shall not forget easily. I was trying to overcome my agoraphobia. Sitting up high in the audience of the National Stadium in Warsaw was paralysing. Looking down, however, was more pleasant, as I could watch some of the best figure-skaters in a show called Kings on Ice.

Although nearly 20 000 people came there to see a multimedalist, Evgeni Plushenko, I was particularly touched by Stephane Lambiel‘s programmes to Tom Odell’s Sense and  Nessun Dorma from Turandot. His performances were pure poetry enveloped in beautiful sounds. I was in a different reality.

Stephane Lambiel photo by Tomasz Mateusiak

Stephane Lambiel performing in the Kings on Ice show at the National Stadium in Warsaw (28 Feb 2015); photo by Tomasz Mateusiak

I’ve never tried figure skating but I’ve always loved to watch it. One of my earliest conscious memories is Calgary Olympics (’88) I watched on TV with my grandmother. I remember great performances of Katarina Witt (she won a gold medal in Ladies’ Singles).

Lambiel’s dances – his loops and spins- made me think of the traces the skates’ blades leave on the surface of the ice. What you see below is my inspiration with these “graphic designs”.

1. The Marmara Park Avenue – a New York Luxury Hotel whose interior has been designed by a multi-talented painter, sculptor and designer – Joe Ginsberg. His interiors carry the lightness of the sketches and the precision of the craft.

Marmara Park Avenue Entry vestibule by Joe Ginsberg; photo credit: Joe Ginsberg Design

Marmara Park Avenue Entry vestibule by Joe Ginsberg; photo credit: Joe Ginsberg Design

Marmara Park Ave - The main lobby featuring carved bird abacus and fireplace by Joe Ginsberg Design

Marmara Park Ave – The main lobby featuring carved bird abacus and fireplace by Joe Ginsberg Design

Marmara Park Avenue - the main concierge by Joe Ginsberg Design

Marmara Park Avenue – the main concierge by Joe Ginsberg Design

2. Arik Levy for Vibia – Lamps that look like sketches

Wireflow lamps by Arik Levy for Vibia

Wireflow lamps by Arik Levy for Vibia

3.   This project by Nika Zupanc can be found in Se’s Collection III.

OLYMPIA Vanity Table by Nika Zupanc for Se

OLYMPIA Vanity Table by Nika Zupanc for Se

4. FOSSIL is a tile pattern by a talented Polish designer, Kasia Zaręba, for REFIN.

Fossil tile floor by Kasia Zareba

Fossil tile floor by Kasia Zareba

 

Fossil tiles by Kasia Zareba

Fossil tiles by Kasia Zareba

 

Fossil - individual tile by Kasia Zareba

Fossil – individual tile by Kasia Zareba

5. Bartek Mejor‘s tableware for Vista Alegre is marvellous. So is his wall installation – Tectonics. Yet another Polish talent worth knowing.

Linha Matrix collection for Vista Alegre by Bartek Mejor

Linha Matrix collection for Vista Alegre by Bartek Mejor

 

Tectonics modular wall installation by Bartek Mejor

Tectonics modular wall installation by Bartek Mejor

6. This plate comes from a collection called “wandering line” – wonderfully simple.

 

Black and white plate by Melissa Maya Pottery

Black and white plate by Melissa Maya Pottery

7. A stone tile with a graphic titled “View of Sky Through Willow Tree Branches”

 

A stone tile/coaster by Cathy Best Design

A stone tile/coaster by Cathy Best Design

We Have a Map of the Piano by Mum came to my mind when I saw this coaster. The cracked sound of the old vinyl record is mesmerising. Enjoy.

 

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