Akari Unfolded Collection For The Noguchi Museum
YMER&MALTA / Sebastian Bergne
Pairing a strong shape with a fragile material, Poise is a clean, modern origami.
As in the Akari Series from the 50’s, the assembling of the paper volume is part of the experience of this lamp, a deeper contact that allows the user a feeling of being part in the making of the piece.
As Valérie Maltaverne was studying Isamu Noguchi’s work to develop the Akari Unfolded collection, she was captivated by one sculpture in particular where the artist had assembled several small objects found on the beach in a suspended mobile. With this sculpture in mind she developed the “Poise” design with Sebastian Bergne.
The lead weight suspended at the end of the cord is meticulously calculated to give Poise the perfect angle. It was designed to match the graphics of the paper volume and fabricated by a French producer of fishing leads.
To achieve the perfect folding process and the ideal diffuse lighting effect necessitated a long research and prototyping process and testing of several different paper types.
This piece was presented at The Noguchi Museum in New York.
Paper, Lead, Stainless Steel, LED
Pendant S : H.30 x L.32 x D.23 cm
Pendant L : H.40 x L.42 x D.30 cm
Poise is from the collection :
AKARI UNFOLDED for The Noguchi Museum
“The exhibition Akari Unfolded – a series of 26 light sculptures – came out of a 2016 visit to The Noguchi Museum during which Maltaverne decided to apply her model to Akari. The challenge was to see whether she might, treating Akari as the tradition, extend its fundamental alchemies—what Noguchi called the intrinsic qualities of craft whose products cannot be successfully falsified (as the many Akari knockoffs demonstrate)—into the future.”
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, The Noguchi Museum
Other pieces of the collection :
AKARI UNFOLDED for The Noguchi Museum
AUBUSSON TAPESTRY : THE GREAT LADY
Given the quality and cohesion of the previous collections from Valérie Maltaverne, YMER&MALTA, the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie commissioned a series of art furniture pieces where the historical techniques of this savoir-faire, inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, were given an innovative momentum by exceptional design creations
LA BELLE ENDORMIE : LA MARQUETERIE REVISITÉE
The La Belle Endormie : La Marqueterie Revisitée Collection brings a breath of fresh air and creativity to one of great traditions of French craftsmanship: marquetry.
Numerous types of precious wood are cut and assembled in an original way, depicting landscapes, animated shapes, abstract or figurative motifs.
The result is a surprisingly kinetic, contemporary vision of marquetry.
Combinaison is a collection that often works through juxtaposition, at times through confrontation, inversion and even hybridisation, but never through opposition. A series of combinations that speak of moments where methods (gilding and corten steel), materials (paper and metal) and manufacturing processes (Horology, granit machining and 3D printing) collide.
À FLEUR DE PEAU : LEATHER
À Fleur de Peau pays homage to a traditional and luxurious material. This collection freely explores the possibilities of leather, playing with feelings and contrasts, textures, colours, shapes, in both supple and stiff leathers.
Powerful and sensual leather sculptures fill the space, making it more open and freer.
Morning Mist, a collection developed with Benjamin Graindorge, essentially proposes new shapes and reflections on the theme of nature. Through this ode to nature, Morning Mist proposes an alteration of reality, or perhaps attempts to reveal the essence of the real.
MARBRE POIDS PLUME
Marbre Poids Plume expresses the inconceivable, creating light objects made from marble.
Marble is ultra-resistant and, as a result, was refined to the extreme. Airy, sensual, light, delicate, it loses none of its density. Marbre Poids Plume proposes stark lines that surprise and move us.
A new poetic reality emanates from the pieces.
Illusions is comprised of four pieces – two coffee tables, a cabinet and a mirror – the subtlety of which is not necessarily visible at first glance. Illusions acts like a sensorial and cognitive stimulus in the way it plays with optics, materials and perspectives that propose a new reality to the spectator.
These pieces designed exclusively with Cédric Ragot tell the story of the beginning of YMER& MALTA.
This collection was born from a vision where creative virtuosity dialogues with industrial design reality. À l’origine has a dreamlike, sensitive dimension that transcends the function of the object. Its purity and originality make it a strong, memorable collection bordering on contemporary art.