Arik Levy: Osmosis
Leonard Koren, Suzanne Trocmé, Zoë Ryan,
Edited and produced by Robert Violette
and published in 2009 by Swarovski Crystal Palace
Art direction and design by See Studio
Hardback, 128 pages, over 200 colour illustrations
27 x 21 cm
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Arik Levy is one of the most progressive designers at work today. Honoured by his peers in disciplines ranging from furniture and interior design to lighting, hi-tech clothing and product design,
Levy has also extended his practice as an artist, photographer
and filmmaker. Following previous exhibitions of his design work
at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Jerusalem Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in April 2009 Levy installed an 80m-long exhibition of sublimely beautiful works – collectively entitled Osmosis – for Swarovski Crystal Palace at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. This book documents
that installation, which Levy based on the 'chaton' form, that most emblematic of crystal cuts, abstractly transformed here in media ranging from wire-frame superstructures and 450kg marble Floor Jewels, to interactive audio-visual arenas (with soundscapes by Leon Milo) and, of course, archetypal Swarovski crystal.
With a conversation between author Leornard Koren and Arik Levy, texts by writer and designer Suzanne Trocmé, curator Zoë Ryan and composer Leon Milo, and more than 200 illustrations in colour.
Leonard Koren trained as an artist and architect. He now consults and writes books on design- and aesthetics-related issues. Koren's publishing projects include WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers and Which 'Aesthetics' Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions.
Leon Milo creates sonic enviornments in which instrumental
and electronic audio and nautral sounds are united. His
compositions have been presented internationally in concert
halls, dance, film, television, radio, public sound installations,
galleries and museums.
Zoë Ryan is a British writer and curator, and is Neville Bryan Curator
of Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to Chicago, Ryan was
Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute (VAI) in New York.
Suzanne Trocmé is editor-at-large for Wallpaper* magazine where she held the position of architecture and design editor for many years. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, and Trocmé also lectures and curates exhibitions. Having pesented her first furniture collection in 2006 for Bernhardt Design, she continues to design furniture and has newly turned to product.
Arik Levy was born in Tel Aviv in 1963. After studying at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland, and a stint in Japan, he established himself as a designer, technician, artist, photographer and filmmaker. Levy is a founding partner (alongside Pippo Lionni) of the Paris-based multidisciplinary design studio, L design, which creates brand identities, packaging, signage, exhibition and interior design. He has exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Jerusalem Museum in Israel and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.