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TLmag 32 Extended: Contemporary Applied

This extended edition of TLmag’s 32nd printed edition highlights the energy and daring of the designers who throw themselves body and soul into the challenge of hand and material.

Surveying the zeitgeist of contemporary glass creation from across the globe is the New Glass Now exhibition on view at the celebrated Corning Museum of Glass till 4 January 2020. Bringing together work by 100 emerging and established talents from 32 countries, the showcase represents a range of applications and implementations of the material for various functional and artistic aims.

In the heart of Amsterdam we find Felix Mertis, a location that has a history of serving a society of scientists, artists and thinkers to come together in The Enlightment. Over decades, it’s become one of the most important monuments of the city. Today, the interior of the historic landmark is designed by i29 who approached design studio Belén to investigate and develop the textile wall coverings of the restaurant and the entrance of this historical building.

Belgian artist Jos Devriendt is renowned for his ceramic mushroom lamps; minimalist and iconic contemporary sculptures that are conceptual and functional. Following in the footsteps of fellow Belgian René Magritte (Ceci n’est pas une pipe) Devriendt’s everyday objects push the boundaries of function with form, colour and light.

Playing with scale and contradiction, Pae White is unafraid to push the limits of what a material or tool can do. Her ability to capture fleeting moments like a puff of cigarette smoke or the reflection of shiny tinfoil within a woven surface challenges our perceptions and adds a bit of magic into our everyday lives.

It’s no surprise that this Swedish artist has a background in both architecture and dance, as her handmade geometric shapes are studies in structural composition and movement. Bella talks to TLmag about her fascination with interfaces, the truth about intuition, and the similarities between yarn and smartphones.

Since founding London’s Vessel Gallery 20 years ago, Angel Monzon has become an expert on the contemporary glass-art scene, exhibiting and developing the work of a myriad glass artists. As a proud proponent of glass as a hand-worked skill, we speak to him about the developments he’s seen and the future he envisions for the craft.

Multi-disciplinary artist Igshaan Adams unpacks his identity through ritualistic performances and his use of handicrafts such as embroidery and beading. Delving into personal topics that look toward the environment in which he was raised, he resolves conflicting identities in a quest for spiritual enlightenment.

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