Young Designer Store, our interview with the young designer Terence Coton

Young Designer Store, our interview with the young designer Terence Coton

Collateral Crew · 4 years ago · Design

Young Designer Store is an initiative of Amazon Italia and Istituto Marangoni created to promote four of the best young talents of the Design School in Milan and their furniture and furnishing objects.

Matteo Agati, Gustavo Martini, Térence Coton e Giulio Maschiocchihave created a variety of products, all enclosed in a capsule collection in limited edition, and revised others belonging to the best brands of Italian design as Kreaton, Carlo Citterio, A4A Design, Caps, The Interior Design , Flaminia and Hands on Design.

At the Salone del Mobile, in the pavilion reserved for them for the entire fair duration, we met one of them, the designer Térence Coton with which we had a chat, some pictures and a short interview.

How did your passion for design start and how your creative process work?

Design is part of everybody’s life but for a creative person like me, to design means to act.
‘Doing’ is one of the most exciting moment of a designer. When, Finally, after a series of decisions, one unique solution
emerges from the chaos and imposes itself as it responds to all the constraints.
I have always been passionated for creative activities such as playing piano, drawing, and later doing architecture.
The possibility to bring my own palette of competencies and use it the way I want is the ultimate activity for me.
When I was younger I studied piano at the conservatory and spent many hours drawing. Later I became an architect and even
later a designer. Design gives back much faster than the other fields in my case and allows me to fully express my ideas

At first I isolate myself and start to identify my knowledge of the subject by writing words on paper, connecting them, as a sort
of mind map. Then, as much as possible, I like to avoid drawing anything for some weeks to focus on crafting a concept in my mind.
During this phase I eventually start to take a direction with a concept. At this moment I can start to draw and fill my bin with all the excess
designs that will never be. At this time I do control on internet if anything similar already exists to avoid the unpleasant.

The story behind a design is often full of anecdotes, however one story remains the same for all of my designs.
The amount of solutions left in the trash are a good indicator of the progress that I am making.
A I studied Architecture in The Netherlands and in France and Italy and studied later Design in Italy, I am
bringing together my knowledge of Dutch, French and Italian Design to create something new.

For the initiative promoted by Istituto Marangoni and Amazon you’ve created a decanter, what’s the difference between yours and the others?

Each of us created very different capsule collections. We all come from different places and have a different history that influences our design. It is not just
a question of style. A style can be borrowed, but our objects express who we are in a consistent way.

The decanter 360° is a design that is created in collaboration with Venetian artisans. It is created by using the larger glass tube that the artisan have, in order to
create to maximize the surface area of the wine in contact with the air. One bottle of wine occupies half of the base of the decanter. The neck is large enough
to ease the pouring in the decanter and out of it.
To create this shape I drew many different profiles and used a 3D software to create a 360° revolution and get its shape in 3D, after making 30 of them I decided to use it for the name. This design was a challenge both for me and the artisans that realized it but it brought us a true satisfaction as it is a great decanter for wine amateurs. It is unique and not just another beautiful object. It is a true object ready for use.

What do you think about the opportunity of selling your products on Amazon, you think it might be a good showcase for your work and your future?

This project offers to millions of people the possibility to get their hands on limited pieces of design. Not everybody is willing to run everywhere to look for this piece of design that they need. I completely embrace this opportunity because it finally provides a new alternative to a part of the market that seems doomed to belong only for an elite. The white background of each products may seem cold but is a fair representation of how democratical this project is. Each product is stripped of its context and exposed to the world.

To have such objects of design with their own Amazon window is unbelievably innovative and I am convinced that it is an excellent showcase for my creations and the future.
It is the ultimate way to speak for the younger generation that is the one ready for such practice.

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Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Brussels-based artist and graphic designer Ekayyne uses his Instagram profile as a stage to show the works that make up the Humans and Landscapes project. As you can imagine from the title, the artist’s graphics blend in an original way landscape, from white and endless beaches to flowering meadows, and body parts. 

The process of creation begins with the phase of searching for images that take place on the Internet, especially on Tumbler. Only once this first part has been completed does one move on to assembling the images, looking for common elements such as lines or textures. 

The peculiarity of Ekayyne’s graphics is that the union of the two images is not hidden, on the contrary, it is often made even more evident by the contrast between shapes and colors. 

In any case, the result is always surprising, in which the lines of the sand dunes become those of a woman’s body, the skin turns into sand and a nightdress turns into frothy waves of the sea. 

Discover some of Ekayyne’s works in our gallery.

Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
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The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Tom Mitchell is a Scottish director and photographer based in London. His female portraits are perfect, glamorous and elegant compositions.

His photographs skilfully integrate subjects, lighting and scenery and, although his models pose with precision and accuracy, they are always spontaneous, genuine and natural.

In Tom Mitchell’s portraits, glances stand out, they call the viewer, hypnotize him and seem to invite him into their colourful and spectacular world. In his work beauty is the undisputed protagonist, it is refinement, charm and timeless seduction.

Tom’s are intimate and intriguing snapshots in perfect balance between technique and instinct.

Tom Mitchell is also very active in the fashion industry: he creates look books, editorials and photographic campaigns for clients such as Superdry, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing and Passionata.

See a selection of his work here, follow him on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Calypso Mahieu, class 1993, is graduated from ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne and now she is working between France and Switzerland as a freelance photographer.

Her work is both elegant and erotic and the light is the heart of her photography. Calypso first discovered photography through women’s magazines — she was fascinated by the light, the bodies, and the attitudes rather than the fashion itself.  

The light is her secret weapon and nudity and eroticism has become essential to her aesthetic. She is passionate by the light because it can destroy or sublime a picture very easily. It’s like a game for her to build the light around the person or the object she’s shooting. Cinema’s lights, romantic sunset light of the South of France, desk light and many others can be a source of inspiration and are important in her process of photographing.

A selection from her best works below.

Text by Giordana Bonanno

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IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

There are images that, more than others, manage to tell what is happening in the world. Some have become emblematic, are included in school books and are part of the cultural heritage of each of us. These are the shots taken by photojournalists, reporters who, thanks to a passion comparable to a vocation, have for years been bearing witness to wars, political and social changes, inequalities and the violation of human rights. It is by looking at their work that we fully understand the power of photography, which goes where no other medium can go, touching us to the core. 

WHAT:
IMP 2021- International Festival of Photojournalism
WHEN:
4 – 27 JUN
WHERE:
PADUA

To underline the importance of photojournalists, especially at a time when communication passes especially through images, the first edition of IMP, the International Festival of Photojournalism, was held in Padua in 2019. In the wake of its success, the Culture Department of the City of Padua and the University of Padua have been working on the second edition of the event, which opened last week and will remain open to the public until Sunday 27 June. 

“The idea behind the IMP Festival is the conviction that photojournalism today is the quickest access to stories and international debates capable of connecting the four corners of the world, a way of making everyone aware of their fundamental role even in the most controversial and geographically distant issues.” – RICCARDO BONONI, Photojournalist and Artistic Director of IMP

The works of 30 international authors will be exhibited in the city’s most prestigious museums and, in order to learn more about their work, the festival programme also includes a series of workshops, readings and meetings with guests such as journalist Domenico Quirico, who survived a five-month kidnapping in Syria. 

One of the main exhibitions will be the MAGNUM Photos exhibition, featuring the work of some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists, from Miguel Candela, who shot the latest protests in Hong Kong, to the famous Italian photographer Tony Gentile, author of the portrait of Falcone and Borsellino. 

The IMP also gives space to young talent by presenting an exhibition of some of the year’s best work. 

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© Tony Gentile

“We are proud to reaffirm, also in 2021, Padua as the international capital of auteur photojournalism, through a festival that already in its first editions has become an essential reference point for professionals and enthusiasts.” – ANDREA COLASIO, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Padua

See below some shots of the photojournalists on show and visit the IMP website for all the details. 

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© Tony Gentile
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© Annalisa Natali Murri/CAPTA
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©Laura Liverani/Prospekt Photographers
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© KRZYSZTOF MILLER
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©Lorenso Meloni/MAGNUM Photos
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©Giulio Piscitelli/Emergency
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© Nadia Shira Cohen
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©Fulvio Bugani
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©Valentina Piccinni/Jean-Marc Caimi
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© Raffaele Petralla/Prospekt Photographers
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© Antonio Faccilongo/Getty Reportage
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