Made in Ratio – in Milan
London-based design brand Made in Ratio will showcase its second collection at the concept gallery Spazio Verger during the Salone del Mobile (Apr. 8-13). Taking a refreshingly new approach to design and manufacturing, Made in Ratio explores the balance of forward thinking design and the heritage of craftsmanship, material and technique. Embracing honest design, Made in Ratio endeavours to produce exceptionally made products that convey quality and originality throughout each of the collections.
Designed and developed by creative director Brodie Neill, the brand has rapidly earned a reputation for design excellence, winning several industry awards and gaining coverage in a host of prestigious publications across the globe. “The first collection received plenty of praise and accolades, with many highlights throughout our debut year,” says Neill. “Collection 2 continues to push boundaries in terms of design, materials and process.”
Located just off Via Moscova, the Made in Ratio exhibition will comprise of a series of installations, designed to showcase the unique qualities of each piece at Spazio Verger.
Collection 2 comprises of five new pieces and five new materials. The Stem Stool has a sculptural simplicity yet functional elegance; the cast 100-per-cent recycled aluminum element swivels and encompasses the stem, footrest and seat in one. This piece builds on the same biomorphic forms as the Supernova table in Collection 1 and is also cast in the same foundry in the U.K.
New materials and processes, such as thermoformed PET felt, have been utilized to striking effect. The stackable stool, for example, is made from recycled drinking bottles and is also 100-per-cent recyclable itself.
The Tetra shelving system has endless possibilities and builds on the ideas of multiples, creating a range of functions from a repeated unit. The name comes from the tessellation found in the scales of a tetra fish, but also references the retro computer game Tetrus with its interwoven building blocks. Each unit is made from European white oak fashioned into a perfectly proportioned trapezoid that can be stacked and repeated to create a multitude of configurations.
Constructed from polished stainless steel and glass, the Prism coffee table has a dynamic design featuring three interconnected elements, which create a visual vortex in the triangular structure.
The fifth and final piece is the Pleat Bench, named for its almost effortless overlapping of material to create an elegant silhouette. It represents material-driven design in its simplest form.
“Collection 2 further establishes close ties with the very best in local craftsmanship and manufacturing as well as introducing new materials and processes,” says Neill. “The new pieces build on the foundations set by the first collection, pinpointing functions that link together the entire Made in Ratio product range and allow it to work perfectly in the home or office.”
In addition to the Made In Ratio exhibition, Spazio Verger will host a series of breakfast design talks and late night cocktails.
For more info, visit http://www.madeinratio.com/
ALL ABOUT BRODIE NEILL
Australian-born Brodie Neill honed his design skills at the University of Tasmania and the Rhode Island School of Design. After a successful stint working for top brands in New York, Brodie established a studio in London’s East End, applying his sculptural design signature to a range of objects such as the “@ Chair” that was selected by Time magazine for “The Design 100, the people and ideas behind today’s most influential design.” Brodie has worked with an impressive roster of international clients including Kundalini, Swarovski and Alexander McQueen, and his limited-edition works are included a number of private collections. He founded Made In Ratio in 2013.