In addition to previewing some of their new Summer 2008 pieces, (such as the FROSINE glasses by Michelle Ivankovic
), the UMBRA booth also featured some new prototype concepts that showcased some of the fun ideas their designers are playing with for their UMBRA + Studio line. (more pics after the jump!...)
We had a chance to chat with designer Luciano Lorenzati who had two big pieces on display. Playing off the concept of negative spaces, he had a large dinner table in the center of the booth. This piece was a joint creation with designer Alan Wisniewski. On the top, there was a stenciled lace design, which was their version of a permanent "table cloth." The legs of the table were solid blocks of wood, but had a spindle lathed out and painted black. The effect was a visual play of dimension (which sort of reminded us of the way those faces that follow you when you're in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland!)
Luciano also had a fun piece that was really more like functional art. It was a pinball machine that was encased in a plexi box (with one wall left open so you could actually play with it) and all painted in white and set on top of legs to act as a side/coffee table.
The pieces were actually all found toys and objects, such as toy blocks, clothespins as flippers, and a honey stirrer as the shooter. Luciano explained that the piece was more of a sentimental one as it payed homage to his family and the toys of his childhood. There was one black sheep toy that sat inside, which symbolized the little irreverent "black sheep" in all of us. These pieces may not actually go into production, but definitely were eye-catchers.
One other prototype that actually will go into production this summer included the BLOCKADE table and BLOCKADE shelves by Harry Allen. These pieces were made with hand glued 1.5" wood cubes that were meant to be reminiscent of the urban landscape. These will be out in August 2008.