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.
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.
2. Arik Levy for Vibia – Lamps that look like sketches
3. This project by Nika Zupanc can be found in Se’s Collection III.
4. FOSSIL is a tile pattern by a talented Polish designer, Kasia Zaręba, for REFIN.
5. Bartek Mejor‘s tableware for Vista Alegre is marvellous. So is his wall installation – Tectonics. Yet another Polish talent worth knowing.
6. This plate comes from a collection called “wandering line” – wonderfully simple.
7. A stone tile with a graphic titled “View of Sky Through Willow Tree Branches”
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.