In a little over a week, I’m going to Milan to cover the beast that is Milan Design Week. It’s an annual event that spans every sort of design from around the world, distilled down for people to consume in the Italian city.
There should be lots of cool shit. COS is doing a smokey installation, Tom Dixon is hosting social justice focused knittings, and Punkt. is considering future mobility: lots of cool stuff! There will be several little exhibitions where designers can show what they’ve been up to and one of them is standing out to me: the work of Ini Archibong.
Archibong—or “Design by INI”—is an American born, Swiss based designer who creates sleek, playful, dreamy works. The biggest stand out that comes from last year’s Milan Design week are his fucking gorgeous marble/glass tables. The tables are elegant cylindric ghosts that combine Larry Bell’s techniques with Dan Flavin charisma topped with a lithe slice of marble. They are divine.
According to Design Milk, the tables are inspired by Bible and mythological stories of “characters walking on water.” Imagine they are clouds with legs of crystal gelatin.
Beyond the stories that inspired him, the tables feel caught in a California light and space aesthetic while capturing a tonal sensation. Perhaps the subtext is based in something as Freunde von Freunden shared in November: Archibong previously was making music in Los Angeles. He was simultaneously pursuing architecture and music: these tables seems to be a mix of all of the above.
They’re divine. They appeal to me because they’re an odd mixing of patterns and colors that are as elegant as they are playful. I would hope that that is how people describe me. Feast on them and I’m very thrilled to see Archibong’s work in person very soon. Perhaps I’ll pocket one of these table babies.