At the Feet of the New Horizon
The shadow of Gae Aulenti’s “Locus Solus” (alone place) collection has brightened my moodboards for years. Meeting friends in Fort Greene Park for apéros on picnic blankets and road tripping around the Prairie last summer's lost summer prompted me to try my hand at an outdoor collection.
Similarities diverge beyond the bent tubing. For those furnishing their own exile, I see these as architectural fragments, like the pieces of New York buried in sand at the end of the “Planet of the Apes”. The loinclothed aboriginals occupying Superstudio’s or Archizoom’s sterile technotopias make camp in office buildings and build bonfires on monuments. We too aspire to the innocence of a fresh start and offer these calming contempo compositions for your new experiments in healthy outdoor socializing.
Launching at Wanted Design 2022Scan Solar
“Designers like Iliad Design are expanding the look of what we think of when we imagine outdoor furniture.”
Feaster, Felicia. “Design Trend-Spotting in NYC.” HGTV, 5 July 2022
Every day she wove, but by torchlight she unwove it
An off-hours muse while designing for advertising, hospitality, and retail clients, the Iliad project started as a series of “I’ll see you and raise you one” Instagram posts inspired by the Brooklyn design scene that lead other creatives and design directors to nudge me to make and show work. My partners and I have landed on a collection with that same strange resonance and a pinch of scalability that we’re pleased to launch for New York’s 2022 Design Week.The People
Iliad is a collaborative effort between creatives in Mexico City and Brooklyn. If you must know, Matt Howard is the gentleman hunched behind his monitor at the cluttered desk when he's not experimenting with wood bending in the shop or absorbing ersatz architecture as inspiration for his pieces. He worked for the artist Vito Acconci and Hanrahan Meyers Architects before tacking into spatial design for enterprise.
Industrial designer Mariana Medina helms production in her Mexico City based atelier.
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The right journey is motionless
as the sea moves round an island
A détournement through the world of design...
Even after watching the documentary, I was surprised at how affecting Bruce Goff's oddball ranch houses were in person. I extended my road trip by a week to barrel down empty single lane traversing sun-baked Midwestern plains to tiny strip-mall-and-a-stoplight towns with a life-affirming gem or two nestled into ordinary residential streets.
Pier Luigi Nervi
I discovered Nervi by way of Felix Candela and spent a couple of weeks crisscrossing Italy, mostly by train. Nervi isn't above the UFO landing trick (e.g. the parabolic building bears no relation to it's setting), but even in rural examples like the Chianciano Terme, attention to color, material, landscape and décor create an incredibly rich experience that is comparatively lost in certain contemporary expressions like Calatrava's Ciudad de las Ciencias.
The varied French architectural output of the post1968 ”Art Decade“ makes for an intriguing antipode to the Italian Radical frequently referenced in contemporary design and forms a living discourse on Postmodernism where constructive dialog and building the unusual at a public scale was both commonplace and more nuanced than the politically charged questions of style in Italy or in the written debates and occasionally realized work of the American shift.
A dark wave sang out loudly about the stem...
With two collections under our zoster, we hope you'll make some discoveries of your own.