Swiss designers Zmik have a knack for the highly detailed execution of simple concepts. This is demonstrated especially well in their two latest projects: Nafi and Anna.
Nafi, pictured top, is a new interior for an existing hair salon, dividing it into two zones that contrast in their function (waiting room vs. working area) as much as their atmosphere. The first section of the deep rectangular space is seamlessly papered with photocopies of Vogue magazines on brown packing paper, furnished opulently, and lit warmly, creating an intimate space for discussion and rest. This butts abruptly into the second segment, designed for working—it's brightly lit and bare, with nothing to distract the stylist.
Anna (pictured second) is an interior treatment for Iart Interactive AG's new office space in an old building. Anamorphosis is used to visually enlarge narrow corridors. From 5 fixed positions, the wireframe drawings reveal imaginary spaces behind the walls, appearing as abstract, graphic lines otherwise.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.