«Fashion trends that were not so important as the changed attitude to the product was. Paradoxically, the globalization forced the company to abandon its distinctive features in order to satisfy the customers’ demands, but at the same time to show completely different qualities…» - explained the well-known designer Marc Sadler.
For 40 years Marc Sadler has kept his chosen profession, developing serial products, changing only the areas of their application. Drew and calculated lamps, sofas, beds, mirrors, stools, showers and vases. It did not cost anything for him to switch from aluminum to crystal, from paper and light-emitting diodes to old Venetian piles and ultramodern plastics. The talented designer had 110 projects for 53 companies. What is so interesting about the work of Marc Sadler? And why is he considered to be the king of the design, the feature of which is an emotional involvement?!
The history of a genius returns us into 1946 to Austria, where Sadler was born. Already in 1968 he graduated from the High School of Art in Paris, and the topic of his thesis was devoted to the plastic. Experimenting with plastics was already the main activity of Sadler. Later it was he, who came up with the logos for Ted Lapidus and Torrente, the packaging for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin. In 1978 the young man moved to New York, where work was done on the Dainese motorbikes based on polyurethane and rubber polymer. And already in the mid-1990s the designer returned to Italy. In parallel, working in the field of shoes, Marc was fond of furniture and lighting design. Sadler's work in this area often led to in-depth research on new materials and methods and provided expertise that enabled him to bring innovations into more traditional areas, where the concept of design was well-established and was perceived only as a pure aesthetic form.
Despite the reputation of a technical designer, Marc Sadler had another strong passion in the field of painting and drawing, which often completely emotionally absorbed the author. Marc Sadler was awarded the Compasso d'Oro ADI four times for the creation of Drop lamps (Flos, 1994), Tite and Mite (Foscarini, 2001), the Big bookshelf (Caimi Brevetti, 2008) and the Bellevue display with technology Panorama (IFI, 2014). At one of the awards ceremonies, the laureate declared: «I love industrial facilities from the past. I'm attracted to the intellect of their designs!».
No doubt, for us the main object of interest in the work of avant-garde design Sadler is one of the most extravagant and original fixtures. It is difficult to judge Marc's luminaires by shape or material. For example, the lamp Ghost (photo 1), designed to Simes, - a technical architecture and minimalistic instance, like a hole in the concrete wall. It's hard to find a hint of the design. Twiggy floor lamp for Foscarini (photo 2) is the other: it is soft rounded base line, swaying on the curved rod lampshade in combination with sweeping dimensions. Pendant lamps of the Belga Royal collection (photo 3) are similar to iridescent pearls. The precious look of a rich metal coating reflects the interior changing colors and shapes. As soon as the lamps are lit, the hanging composition becomes the center of attention throughout the space, as its "game" can not be overlooked. The design of the Tress lamp (photo 4) is inspired by medieval torches. The designer describes Tress as a sculpture with a light source. It is made of a polymer tape which is applied by a computer programme on a large aluminum pipe and is baked at a high temperature. Light passes through the gaps in the plafond, and also illuminates the inner surface of the lamp. Such an effect is a play of light and shadows, the union of color and texture according to the designer's idea.
The author of the most original light solutions Marc Sadler about the work in the lighting industry said: «It's the one that can adjust the production to the actual requirements of customers, offer them an individual solution, rare things in terms of performance and at the same time technological. The main thing is that the technological and detached authoring solutions should harmonize with each other in form and color, thanks to the light structure they can create an infinite number of different forms, including very large ones. This is a modern and versatile project that offers a personalized interior solution. It will look good in the penthouse in Manhattan, in the country in the countryside or the Italian Renaissance palace.»
In this article we have learnt some aspects of the work of talented designer Marc Sadler, whose fixtures unite the characteristic freedom, play with components, forms and effects. He speaks two design languages: an «decorative», when you can play with shape, size, materials, etc., and «technical», when the main role is given to the function, and the appearance of the object does not matter. The solutions for each of the directions are individual and interesting.
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