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Winter 2012

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GalleriesCulturedMiamiDec_Layout 1 11/20/12 11:39 PM Page 74 GalleriesC DEALER'S CHOICE Gallery directors take us behind the design, sharing the stories that led to the works on view this week. BY TALI JAFFE Victor Hunt Designart Dealer Belgian gallery Victor Hunt represents work by Humans Since 1982, Johannes Hemann and Raw Edges. Here, gallery founder and director Alexis Ryngaert tells us about one of the works he's expecially excited about showing at his first Design Miami/ fair. "The Shift—a glass side table made with a unique and unprecedented glass manufacturing technique—is blown solely from one piece and in one single operation. Inspired by formal elements and details usually found in industrially produced blown plastic products, its complexity not only lies in the way it is made, but mainly in its shapes, which are unnatural and unusual for glassblowing; the base is oblong and the top is racket-shaped. The result is a very simple yet highly elaborate piece, which looks different from every angle. Manufacturing such a design was made possible thanks to a specially developed steel mold with complex moving parts—and the skills of four highly experienced glassblowers. It took us three years to develop the technology." 74 CULTURED Shift by Sylvain Willenz

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