Some exhibit highlights
Paollo Cappello, "Caruso" (Miniforms - Newblack 2014)
An edgy blend between futuristic and nostalgic, Cappello's Miniforms straddle the line of irony as hi-tech meets humanity, iPhone meets furniture, in their multi-sensory décor. Caruso invites guests to immerse themselves in a timeless world – dimly lit, calm, comforting – and reconnect with the magic of hearing and seeing an object that plays good music: past, present, and future.
Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso, "Cubo Radio TS 505" (1977)
Listening to the radio is an intimate experience; with it, comes a certain element of control: Who can listen? Who might overhear? What contents will be exposed? Marco Zanuso and Richard Sappo designed this portable radio with intimacy in mind: "we wanted to create a radio that does not reveal its nature unless you open it." When closed, the TS 505 is no more than a shelf fixture; however, much like an oyster, when opened, a pearly treasure trove of speakers and knobs hide inside.
Andrew Beaumont, "Ceramic Amplifiers" (Prototype 2009)
While technology continues to develop at exhausting rates, the original sources of sound still hold their pure beauty. Andrew Beaumont's ceramic and wood speakers recognize this beauty as they marry the more recent headphones with his "passive amplifiers" to create a reverberation of sound much like that of the classic gramophone. Something old, something new.
Francesco Pellisari, "OMNI" (NAC Sound 2016)
Sound is omnipresent. It follows us everywhere – whether walking through the streets listening to the horns of traffic, or in our living rooms listening to the horns of Dizzy Gillespie and Christian Scott. Francesco Pellisari's spherical speaker embraces this inevitable omnipresence of sound as it dangles down from the ceiling, to symbolize the "power of sound in a given environment."
Ezri Tarazi, "Maqam Makom" (Tarazi Studio Ltd 2015)
Much like coffee, Middle Eastern music is more than an art form, it is a culture. This unique table – named after the Arabic system of melodic modes and structures – pays homage to two cultural elements vital to social gatherings: drinking coffee and sharing music. As a cup moves from groove to groove, musical loops are activated to emphasize the "complex beauty of a joint group creation."