Submersion for Panerai
For Panerai’s exhibition at D’Days Paris, 12 designers capture the majestic awe of the ocean.
The mysteries, expanse and beauty of the ocean is the theme of this year’s exhibition by Panerai at D’Days in Paris until May 14. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is showcasing work by 12 designers at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
From Mathieu Lehanneur’s dramatic Liquid Marble Table created with 3D modelling software typically used in the film industry, to Brynjar Sigurðarson’s poignant glacier-shaped candles, the work all emphasises the incontestable human connection to the majesty of nature.
Many of the works attempt to evoke the awe of nature with technical and craft virtuosity, such as Grethe Sørensen’s wondrous hyperrealistic tapestries of light reflecting off water in Venice, Tokyo and Denmark. Tora Urup, in turn, uses circular glass to create unfathomable visual effects. Both Scandinavian, Sørensen and Urup are represented by Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris.
Unexpected materials are another strategy for wonder, as with French designer Damien Gernay’s leather tabletops that emulate the surface of the sea, as well as Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen’s Spark of Life lamp powered by electrochemically active bacteria.