LATVIA /
NEAR AND FAR
– BE DAZZLED!

CURATED BY DITA DANOSA

Time, what we are experiencing now, is a recognition of reality, rather than a new reality. Reality has always existed, but in our clouds of imagination we had conjured up another, more advantageous version of what we wish to be a reality. So, we have fallen from the clouds of our imaginary reality and we feel differently: some – shattered by the fall, confused, others – relieved. Seeing reality is an adventure and an experience at the same time. It is an emotional act that creates lasting imprints on our fragile psyche and has hopefully influenced the renewal of our value system, as almost all of us have rediscovered humans’ connection to nature and the importance of physical contact in this technology-ridden super-fast reality. 

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The source of inspiration for the collection is the sea. The sea is a solid part of the DNA code of Latvia. The role of the sea in our lives is invaluable. The sea evokes a sense of hope and a sense of future, an unpredictability, a passion, a wealth, and a power. The sea has inspired our art for centuries, and it continues to inspire us today. It affects how we live, what we think, feel, and create. 

The collection manifests the synergy between man-made design and nature.  It unites outstanding Latvian designers of various disciplines and generations, united by the passion to discover new dimensions of material, as a result of endless experiments. All six designers represented in the collection offer a synthesis of original objects, visual effects and lights.

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AN&ANGEL /
SUN&MOON

Sun&Moon is a unique wall decor or an elegant center piece for the table by designer Artis Nimanis. It is a titanium-coated, glass art object in a burned oak frame, which can be hung on the wall or placed on a table as an exclusive serving platter.

Thanks to the original author’s technique, the glass surface is given a mirror effect, which, as it breaks the light beam, creates an illusory optical effect. These objects have the laconic circle shape, which in a way symbolises the Sun and the Moon, where each of them in their shape and colour is unique. The gleam of reflective surfaces changes the reflections of objects, people, and the premises, this way “absorbing” the surroundings.

The mirror has been historically considered as a symbol of the Sun and the Moon, the soul and wisdom, the truth and light. In Latvian mythology, the Sun and the Moon are also attributed an essential role: the sun rises every morning, replaced by the moon at night, this way demonstrating the continuity of life. Just as the Sun and the Moon in the infinite Universe, so too are mirrors in the past and the present mess with our minds with their metaphysical mystery, which opens up the door to unlimited imagination.

€ 1074 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)59x59x9
Weight (kg)6.5
MaterialGlassMetalOak wood

JANIS STRAUPE /
CHAIR IN CHAIR

Sculptural chair by Janis Straupe made in solid oak with oil finish. A minimalistic piece that can be used both a dining chair or a sculptural centerpiece. Each piece is made to order.

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LIMITED EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)56x39x118
Weight (kg)12
MaterialOak woodSolid Wood

JELIZAVETA SUSKA /
REBIRTH NECKLACE

Amber is a fossil from around 44 million years ago; it is well known with its history and myths and was also widely used during Soviet Union. I have seen it so many times polished and placed in metal frames. My great-grandmother used to have plenty of this kind of jewellery.

Repeated use of a similar approach to the material creates stereotypes. Amber is usually valued by its size, color, and inclusions. I aim to destroy this familiar perception and its accepted value by sewing, dyeing, and ignoring its inclusions; stepping away from what I have seen so many times before.

I use 14 K red gold whose, already obsolete, name is Russian gold. In contrast to that, I place it together with an amber cord made from amber fiber that was developed around ten years ago in Riga Technical University. I either spin or weave the cords by hand, dyeing it afterwards.

€ 900 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)55x11x2
Weight (kg)0.03
Materialamber fibreBaltic amberGoldred gold

LEVA KALEJA /
“THE QUEEN” DOUBLE LAMP

Hand-made lamp from naturally – exclusive materials. The exterior of The Queen lamp is made from corroding steel, while the inside of the lamp is covered with 23.75 carat gold plate. Its clean lines and simplicity characterizes the contemporary design lampshape. In turn, the ambitious combination of materials creates a truly impressive image of luxury design lamp. In this outstanding lamp the most valuable face of metal meets the poorest. These two surfaces are exclusively handmade; the Queen’s golden shine is guaranteed by the handcraft of expert goldsmiths, while nature draws naturally spontaneous and unpredictable patterns on the rust of lampshade.

Because each Mammalampa’s lampshade is hand-made exclusively with natural materials, each one is slightly unique.

€ 1151 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITIONS

Full dimensions (cm)55x55x155
Weight (kg)4
Materialgold-leafrust steel

Read the exclusive interview in Adorno Editorial

“By choosing works for the collection, I was looking to designers of various disciplines and generations, united by the passion to discover new dimensions of material, as a result of endless experiments.”

– Dita Danosa, curator of the Latvian collection, “Near and Far – Be Dazzled!”

RENĀTS KOTĻEVS /
“MILAN” DINING TABLE

An eye-catching interplay of shapes and proportions, this skilfully engineered table is a hallmark of excellence in craftsmanship and an innovative design. The style of this exclusive table set this piece apart from any stereotypes. The multiple legs and hand hammered metal inlays shaped into the wood add dramatic twist to this glamorous table and all atmosphere of the living room becomes elegant and sophisticated. An exquisite way to make a statement in your office or meeting room, or dining room.

€ 14.000 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)300x115x75
Weight (kg)260
MaterialHammered copperMDFplywoodpoplar wood

RENĀTS KOTĻEVS /
“SOLITAIRE” CREDENZA

The definition of rich furniture design, this beautiful sideboard is handmade with high-gloss black panels. Luxurious brass pieces bring detail to its base and are referenced by the addition of brass geometrical motifs between drawers. The seven drawer design, which is completed with soft-closing mechanism and with velvet inside, boasts generous storage capacity. Keep your interior clutter-free by using it to store everything from fine dinnerware to precious jewelry.

€ 7.900 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)200x40x60
Weight (kg)80
MaterialBrassWood

SABINE MEZKAZE BERZINA /
“DUSK” MOUTH-BLOWN GLASS MIRROR CENTERPIECE

‘Dusk’ vanity mirror from the collection, ‘Mother Eternity’. Bold, freeform mouth-blown glass, handcrafted by a team of skilled craftsmen. Unique tinting developed together with glass designer Baiba Dzenite. Highest quality, extra-clear, and lustrous glass. Mirror insert has chameleon features changing its shade from clear blue to dusk pink and warm grey. Object can be angled on two polished cuts to change its position. Unique piece, signed.

Classified as ‘art with function’, glass art objects by Experimental are art pieces that embody both qualities of art and design. Offering a viewer an aesthetical and philosophical spectrum embedded in these works as well as functional setting, these glass art objects are intended to add beauty and practicality to everyday routine. Showcased during The Venice Glass Week 2019 in San Marco, Venice, Italy. Objects from the collection Experimental are already in private collections in Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, and others.

Story: “Cave In Time” is a poetically frozen moment. Here, three mythical yet constant elements surround a viewer: Mother Creation, Eternity, and their child Experience. Each serves a purpose in the process of self-realization as we enter the realm of self-reflection called ‘life’. Through certain expression of vanity and seeming trivia expressed in boldly presented glass objects, the surrounding atmosphere created is pointing our wandering focus towards the depths of our existence.

€ 3798 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)18x14x17
Weight (kg)5
MaterialMirrorMirrorglassmouthblownglasstintedmirror

SABINE MEZKAZE BERZINA /
“CAVE IN TIME” SCULPTURAL VASE

“Cave In Time” is a contemporary vase in mouth blown glass in black from the collection, ‘Mother Creation’. Contrasting matte-coated, hollow sphere and intense black surfaces of highly polished glass. Marble base in polished Portoro Nero. Design, philosophy, and development by Experimental. A unique piece, signed. For striking flower arrangements, the large glass sphere can be freely angled or removed for filling with water or cleaning.

Classified as ‘art with function’, glass art objects by Experimental are art pieces that embody both qualities of art and design. Offering a viewer an aesthetical and philosophical spectrum embedded in these works as well as functional setting, these glass art objects are intended to add beauty and practicality to everyday routine. Showcased at the exhibition venue ‘Cave In Time’ during The Venice Glass Week 2019 in San Marco, Venice, Italy. Objects from the collection Experimental are already in private collections in Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, and others.

Story: “Cave In Time” is a poetically frozen moment. Here, three mythical yet constant elements surround a viewer: Mother Creation, Eternity, and their child Experience. Each serves a purpose in the process of self-realization as we enter the realm of self-reflection called ‘life’. Through certain expression of vanity and seeming trivia expressed in boldly presented glass objects, the surrounding atmosphere created is pointing our wandering focus towards the depths of our existence.

€ 2437 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)27x14x16
Weight (kg)4.5
Materialblack glassBlack MarbleBlown Glassmouthblownglass

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