Neon, Krypton and Argon are each "noble gases" in Group 18 of the periodic table.
People have preconceived notions about neon: that it belongs outside, that it needs a big transformer box to make it work, and for sure it has an insalubrious reputation thanks to shop signs and XXX clubs.
To tame it, to bring it inside, to domesticate it - at least in part - I focused on the apparatus needed to make it work - using 3D modelling to minimize the space necessary - and then for the color, I worked in a glass studio bending glass over an open flame and experimenting with numerous gases and powders - from garish orange to petticoat pink.
Born out of experiments splicing, bending, binding, stretching and tensioning various organic materials, these lights were created while living in a forest north of San Francisco. Daily you would see the fog rolling up and over the tree covered hills, the sun burning it off.
“Eames’ iconic plywood chair, the undulations on the top of a cello, Richard Serra’s sheet steel installations and Eva Hesse’s sculptures - all were inspirations.” Jessica Carnevale
Materials: Cherry, Walnut and Maple, with hand blown glass bulbs. Developed in California, assembled in New York.
photographer : Matthew Williams Many thanks to Stingray for welcoming Carnevale Studio into their woodshop. Mission District, San Francisco.
Carnevale Studio's first interiors project is Faust - a traditional Bavarian Beer Hall or ‘Hofbräuhaus’ located in the hip new Dean Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. The Studio was commissioned to design and manufacture the furniture, bar and the molding behind the bar. Simple benches and tables struck through with lustrous brass go well with large Steins of Weissbier, hunks of Würstl and men in Lederhosen.
Brutiful is a starkly handsome set of clay tables, which draw inspiration from the Brutalist architecture that dominates London's Southbank, where Carnevale Studio was based for a time.
Ceramics have long been associated with delicate, decorative tableware. Less glamorous, but no less interesting, are its industrial and architectural applications: clay bricks, pipes and electrical resistors.
Made in England by Naylor Industries, a fourth generation family company still digging clay out of the same seam as they ever were.
Exhibited at the Salone del Mobile in 2012.
Puffy is voluminously upholstered collection of furniture, which takes the much-loved puffy jacket as its inspiration.
Neon silks, satins and synthetics were filled with enough down and foam to make the pieces look and feel somehow inflated.
They are almost entirely upholstered, absorbed and enveloped. Only the dining chair’s structure is still just visible, and the fabric appears to be still expanding.
Carnevale Studio's first textile collection is inspired by crochet and its ornate, delicate sister, macramé.
Each pattern is a colorful deconstruction of an heirloom passed down from Jessica's Italian great-grandmother, painstakingly preserved and re-worked by generations since.
With this collection, Carnevale bought her signature bold use of color to the realm of two dimensional design. Blending inspiration from fashion and architecture, specifically deconstructivism - each piece takes a form and abstracts it in various color ways - the result is a collection of napkins and dish clothes that are striking and beautiful.
"The finished visual appearance of buildings that exhibit deconstructivist "styles" is characterized by unpredictability and controlled chaos" - exactly what you want in the kitchen!