The MADE Expo fair is the perfect event to further show the fertile encounter between Omnidecor and the English designer Marc Krusin.
Krusin has conceived the most original and “natural” patterns of the company, and now created its new stand at the fair. The space is planned out as an actual and strongly symbolical maze, in which the variously patterned Omindecor glass sheets multiply light, depth and refractions. Similarly productive the cooperation between Omnidecor and the designer Defne Koz. International by birth, cosmopolitan by choice, Koz find her inspiration in both man-made architecture and the natural environment.
Reflecting the dynamics of surrounding lights and shadows, movements and transparencies, DecourFlou glass is a significant source of both visual and tactile perceptions, emphasized by the patterns created by Koz. The aim of her research is to bring out the third dimension of depth in a bi-dimensional platform, as well as to create a “soft” effect in a rigid material. Such are the versatility and the expressive range of glass.
Texture, geometries, transparencies: all concur in bringing to life this material which is the focus of Defne Koz’s designing passion, with the creation of patterns specifically conceived for different processing and surfaces, in an alternation of presence/absence constantly renewed by the tiniest change in the surrounding environment. Also at the forefront of the many projects in the wide range of Omnidecor innovations, a revolutionary anti-slip treatment for the DecourFlou collection, DIN 51097 compliant, which further widens the adaptability of glass, from its typical “verticality” to a new “horizontal” application: floors and staircases.
Defne Koz, industrial designer, divides her time between her studios in Milan, Chicago and Istanbul. She designed more than 150 products for companies like Foscarini, Leucos, FontanaArte, Sharp, Alessi, Mobileffe, Liv’it, Pirelli, Slide, Egizia, Rapsel-Nito, Gabbianelli, Cappellini, Guzzini, Steel, RSVP, WMF, Vitra, Authentics, Nissan, Casio, Alparda, MPD, Gaia&Gino, Nurus, Derin. Her recent bathroom products for Vitra have received the Red Dot Design Award 2006; her lamps Dress and Circus have been for the past 10 years among Foscarini’s best sellers; her lamp Relax was awarded the "Best in Category" Prize in the ID Magazine Design Annual, her products has been selected to ADI index; Her glasses "Liquids" for Gaia&Gino won the Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Among her Architectural projects are the design of the executive headquarters for Eczacibasi in Istanbul, interiors for numerous private houses, various retail spaces, and more recently the renovation of an apartment in the Lake Shore Drive building by Mies Van Der Rohe in Chicago. Her idea of design is influenced by her training in Ettore Sottsass’ studio, by the combination of her Turkish and Italian culture, and by her curiosity for very different product types. Her interests span from humanizing new technologies like digital audio systems to rediscovering the tradition of hand made ceramics. Common to all her projects are her distinctive design language and the research on the sensorial qualities of materials.
For Alessi she reinterpreted the technique of metal wire frame, for Egizia she explored innovative decoration on glass, for Guzzini she worked on transferring the qualities of Murano glass into industrial injection molded plastics, for Vitra she proposed hi-tech gel materials for the bathroom environment, and she helped reviving the tradition of Iznik ceramics in Turkey. In past she held seminars at Domus Academy, Milano; Fukui Prefecture, Japan; Architectural Association, London; Technical University, Istanbul; Bilgi University, Istanbul; Centro Borges, Buenos Aires and several other organizations. Her designs have been exhibited at Triennale di Milano, Galleria Jannone, Galleria Posteria, Spazio Mudima, Ideabooks, Galleria Post Design, Spazio Vigentina in Milan, Biennale del Vetro Venezia, MeDesign in Genoa, IDYB Koeln, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Ubersee Museum Bremen, Ozone Gallery Tokyo, Abitare il Tempo Verona, Museo di Pietrarsa Napoli, Designers’ Odyssey METU Ankara, Ars Design Gallery Ankara. She obtained her Master in Design at Domus Academy after a Graduation.
Marc Krusin, born in London in 1973, graduated in Industrial Design at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996. After stages with Fred Scott and George Sowden, he kick-started his Milan career by cooperating as a designer with several firms. Especially noteworthy, his cooperation with Piero Lissoni, at whose firm he managed the design department and developped projects for international customers such as Kartell, Flos, Alessi, Thonet and Wella and Fritz Hansen.
In 1998 he co-founded the Milanese Code 31 group which in the following years has constantly achieved both new knowledge and acknowledgments in the area of industrial design, working at projects for the best-known manufacturers in the field. In 1999 Krusin presented his project “Doggy Bag” (a little shovel to clean up after dogs) at the Opos exhibition. In 2000 came his second Opos project, “Hook Me Up” (an elastic band functioning as a clothes hanger), and in the same year a selection of his lamps was presented at Borderlight exhibition in Milan.
In 2002 he participated in Salone Satellite with his “Upside” collection, and in two cultural exhibitions set up as events for Salone del Mobile: “Copper Connects Life” and “PVC for life and Living” at Torre Branca. In 2004 he designed an installation for the “Home Glass” OmniDecor exhibition, and was invited to participate as guest designer in the Stylepark stand at the Orgatec fair in Kohln. Since 2004 he has collaborated with Omnidecor and in 2006 a series of Marc’s decorations for float glass were commercialised marking the beginning of a close working relationship which led to a new exhibition stand and interior concept designed by Marc for the company. In 2007 Marc presented together with Piero Lissoni, the office furniture system WA for Knoll International, a collaboration which began a new phase in the history of the well known company.
Marc has continued to design furniture, products, exhibitions and spaces for clients such as Fontana Arte, Pallucco Italia, Saporiti Italia, Bosa Ceramiche, Viccarbe, Gandiablasco, gruppo T, Liv’it, Koziol, Omnidecor, Merten e Glas Italia.
Omnidecor, international leader for satin finished glass
OmniDecor, an international group based in Erba (Como), is a market leader in the manufacture of high quality satin finished glass. All colours, sizes and quantities used in interior design and architecture can be supplied to satisfy all aesthetic and design demands: from partitions to divide rooms discreetly and elegantly, to furniture components and facades for entire buildings. OmniDecor was one of the first companies to implement an industrial glass satin finishing process. Today the company exports its products all over the world and with unrivalled expertise in acid-etched processing, is offering a license on the technique, within a full package inclusive of equipment, know-how, training, service and brand use. OmniDecor satin finished glass is practical, light, resistant, elegant, perfectly lapped and homogeneous.
The products are resistant to atmospheric agents, smog and stains. OmniDecor satin finished glass is easy to clean and the distinctive light and colour features are very resistant. OmniDecor is responsible for the entire industrial process from the selection of raw materials to the management of orders and deliveries. The satin finishing, enamelling, painting and cutting of the glass are all done using specific systems designed and constructed internally. Maximum flexibility based on specific demands, a wide range of colours, a vast assortment of solutions and very high quality are the main features of all OmniDecor products. Customers are supplied with a complete service including technical consultancy and selection of materials.