Shape Shifters: New Designs from Yali Glass in Venice

We’ve been following the work of Venetian design studio YALI for a few years now (see: New Directions: 18 Design Trends for 2018). Founded in 2008 by Marie-Rose Kahane, YALI produces an ever-growing collection of artfully refined glassware, all handcrafted by the maestros of Murano, Venice, using techniques that date back to the 13th century. Recently, YALI has expanded their offerings to include ceramics as well as pieces in wood.

Their latest project is the inaugural installation of FREE, an immersive storefront exhibition space in the heart of Venice, developed in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero (CHH). The installation displays new designs in glass, metal, and wood by YALI, all within a lush and otherworldly environment conceived by CHH and featuring the firm’s signature wall drawings. YALI explains that FREE is a “miniature universe, where the relationship between the natural state of materials and their hand-wrought forms is as slippery as the boundaries of the space are legible.”

Join us for a look inside the space.

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Above: The FREE exhibition space, in a storefront on a small street in the center of Venice. This is the second time that YALI and Charlap Hyman & Herrero have collaborated on a storefront exhibition space. In 2019, they worked together in New York to produce ‘Conversation Piece: Design Is Dead,’ which featured similar nature-inspired motifs.

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Above: We’ve featured the wallcoverings of Charlap Hyman & Herrero in Into the Wild: “Overgrow,” a New Line from Calico Wallpaper in Brooklyn. The plastic shell lamp is a collaboration between CHH and Green River Project.
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Above: The chairs, tables, vase, and lamp are by YALI. The vitrine was envisioned as a sort of microcosm, or miniature universe, with “tables like lakes, chairs like mountains, wall-mounted clothing hooks like cat eyes.”

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Above; An otherworldly vignette from from the project, which aims to probe the relationship between the natural state of materials and their hand-wrought forms. The vintage mirror was made by Luigi Fontana & C. in Milan around 1930.

For more artful ideas, see:

Kitchen of the Week: An Architect’s Labor-of-Love Kitchen, Art Gallery Included

Living with Art: Galerist Veerle Wenes at Home in Antwerp

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