Creative Design – Gemma seating collection by Daniel Libeskind

Moroso, Italian furniture brand, has a new line of seating designed by Architect Daniel Libeskind. This new line has a sharp angles and faceted forms inspired by crystals.

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Called Gemma, the collection is intended for commercial and residential use. It features a chair and sofa, along with a seating system that could be used in public spaces such as airports. Moroso described the pieces as “an exercise in architecture on a small scale”.

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The Polish-American architect collaborated on the line with Patrizia Moroso, creative director for Moroso, whom he described as a business woman with an artistic mind.

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Featuring hard edges and asymmetrical shapes, the Gemma collection takes its cues from precious gemstones, particularly crystals. These have long been a source of inspiration for Libeskind, who established his eponymous studio in Berlin in 1989 and later relocated the firm’s headquarters to New York.

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Framed with steel, the new pieces for Moroso are upholstered in a soft, knitted ombre fabric that morphs from dark to light. Coloured leather upholstery is also available.

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“Gemma represents the synergy between the complex geometries for which Libeskind is known, and the highly respected craftsmanship of Moroso’s upholstering abilities,” the company said.

The steel framing was developed in collaboration with Feruglio Engineering.

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Libeskind’s recent architectural projects include the Mons International Congress Centre in the Belgium and the Dresden Museum of Military History in Germany. While based in New York, he has a studio in Milan called Libeskind Design, which specialises more in interiors, products and industrial design.

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Libeskind and Moroso first worked together in 2014, when Patrizia Moroso asked the architect to help create seating for a performance piece by her friend, artist Marina Abramovic. For the performance, titled Counting the Rice, the architect designed a combined seating and table unit made of wood and later concrete.

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Moroso sold a limited edition of the furniture, with proceeds benefiting the Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, New York.

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