On Tuesday night, as part of the NeoCon festivities, Luminare hosted a Belgian trio of Arne Quinze (founder of Quinze & Milan), Piet Stockmans (ceramicist), and Raf Simons (fashion designer for Jil Sander). Stockmans started out the night with a slideshow of his many years of work as a ceramicist and artist and an engrossing documentary short of him working in his studio to create an installation. The level of craftsmanship was outstanding.
Arne Quinze came on next with a presentation of what had to have been literally everything he has ever done. I was shocked at how prolific he has been in a relatively short period of time and how much of his companies work actually deals with interior design instead of the furniture pieces I had associated them with.
Following the lectures the crowd moved over to the Luminaire showrooms for beer (Duvel obviously) and a quasi fashion show for Jil Sander's fall collection designed by Raf Simons. The lanky models stood around the perimeter of the guests, stone-faced, as the last of the Neocon afterparties came to an end. Overall, it seems like the major themes of this year were texture, warmth, craftsman/womanship, and most importantly humanity with a sense of richness and authenticity. Chicago, out.
(I wasn't able to get around to any of the other offsite parties, especially one I was looking forward to, the Fulton Market Guerilla Truck, so any feedback from those events and NeoCon itself would be great to read in this posts' comments.)
Don Lehman is a Chicago-based industrial designer and the founder of More/Real, a startup focused on making technology feel invisible. More/Realâ€™s first product, Stylus Caps, turns common pens and markers into touchscreen styluses.
Don has been honored by the IDSA, featured in the CES Innovation Showcase, and his design for the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 50 Coolest Designs of the 21st Century. He has contributed to Core since 2001, first with his column, "The Student Life", documenting his design school years at RIT, and since then posting news and columns.