Venetian designer Luca Nichetto has always been fascinated by the industrial process. From his first pieces in Murano glass for Salviati and Foscarini to more recent work produced in his own atelier, he's kept himself immersed in material research and product development, always experimenting, testing and collaborating with the likes of Kristalia, Moroso and Bonaldo.
Which explains why the recent showing of his 'Essence' Collection at Maison et Objet was such an intriguing - and visually arresting - distillation of his life's work. Produced with Bosa and Venini, the small edit of vases, bowls and candleholders (mentioned in W*134) are finished in a bright palette of glass, ceramic, wood and metal. Inspired by different tools of glass and ceramic craftsmanship, Nichetto's intention is to celebrate these unsung tools of the trade, and to bring out them out of the artisan's studio.
Not surprisingly, the delicacy of the work - already a stark contrast to Nichetto's burly profile - won over the ever critical crowd in Paris and more, recently in Milan's Salone del Mobile.
Happily for those who didn't make it to Paris or Milan, the full 'Essence' collection can now be seen in London at Notting Hill's Vessel Gallery. Included in the mix are pieces by Wallpaper* favourites Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder.