TOH Suspension at AD Intérieurs 2016 Exhibition
As a part of the AD Intérieurs 2016 exhibition last September at the Muséé de la Monnaie de Paris, multidisciplinary designer Raphael Navot created a space titled “La Gallerie des Empreintres,” dedicated to handmade crafts of various materials, such as end grain wood, Murano glass and hand-painted silk. In collaboration with manufacturers and editors who “continue to cherish and respect traditional know-how while engaging in contemporary expression,” the designer created all the pieces included in this unique space. To illuminate the “La Gallerie des Empreintres,” the designer selected the Veronese TOH and Petit TOH Murano glass suspensions.
Each year, the editors of AD magazine select a group of significant interior architects to design a space as part of an exhibition. For the 2016 exhibition, Raphael Navot was invited along with 13 other interior architects. “The editors of the AD magazine requested for this year’s exhibition that the interior architects organize their décor around groups of objects that are close to their hearts. Rather than a traditional cabinet of curiosities, they were asked to arrange bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens or offices, with the idea of living among their intimate treasures.”
Among the “objects close to the heart,” Raphael Navot chose the TOH (Trigonometric Oval Hemisphere) and Petit TOH lighting suspensions he designed for Veronese. The TOH suspensions are contemporary masterpieces consisting, respectively, of over 600 and 300 pieces of hand-stretched Murano glass rods. “Each glass rod is individually beveled to follow the curves of the sculpted form allowing the light to bounce between the tilted rods and spread across the vessel’s belly.”
“A reinforced steel frame meticulously maintains the balance between the organic flow of the form and the unrestrained particle alignment of the TOHs.” The steel frame alone required one year of research and development due to its complicated engineering. The combination of the designer’s ingenuity and Veronese’s dedication to pushing forward the boundaries of Murano glass artistry led the development of this masterpiece.
Veronese’s collaboration with Raphael Navot further testifies to the company’s determination to continuously establish new frontiers in Murano glass fine design.