Acrylic in design and furniture – third part

acrylic and wood table , Empatia lamp by Artemide, “Atmospheres - Architectural Environments, Politecnico student, artist throne by  Silvia Viganò

acrylic and wood table , Empatia lamp by Artemide, “Atmospheres – Architectural Environments, Politecnico student, artist throne by Silvia Viganò

We met, walking around Milan, the Artemide showroom; they propose Inverted Shadows, a new lamp in three versions: wall, floor and suspension; the clear acrylic body accommodates a very small (16X16mm) linear extruded aluminium element, which contains the LED strips. In the second window instead Empatia is to become the main protagonist: a glas bubble that houses a LED light diffused by a cast acrylic rod.

“Coquette” by Silvia Viganò is a funny and original artist throne, made of transparent acrylic with a backrest that is the face of a woman; at the fair exposure we found a table worthy of note, a table that arises from the combination of transparency and brilliancy of acrylics and the naturalness and warmth of wood.

Finally, particular is the use of acrylic glass that the Politecnico di Milano has done to involve his students in the exhibition “Atmospheres – Architectural Environments” in the occasion of this design week.  To every participant students has been made available a transparent acrylic cube of 25 cm per side, without one face.  The guidelines were simple, it was necessary to communicate within this box or on its faces an environmental atmosphere, without specifying much more; so they could talk about an indoor environment, an imaginary space or an outdoor location, etc. This has allowed the designers to create very different and interesting interpretations of their personal environment.





Acrylic in design and furniture – second part

Kartell chair n.4875 and Louis Ghost chairs, Kartell

Kartell chair n.4875 and Louis Ghost chairs, Kartell

We can also recall the success of Kartell, wich made plastics its workhorse proposing it as a valid alternative to glass for its lightness, resistance and cheapness; today this success is still witnessed by one of the wider stand around the Salone del Mobile fair; in this stand the atmosphere that fills you is that of a past yet modern (first successful pieces are the one of the Seventies) and a modern which sometimes remind us the importance of the past (as the famous chair Louis Ghost, with its baroque shapes). Even today, it is enough to take a ride at the Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, or simply at the Fuori Salone (events and exhibitions that animate the entire city of Milan during the design week), to realize that the plastic in all its forms, including PMMA, it is still the unquestioned leader.



Acrylic in design and furniture – first part

methacrylate design origin; bed-room furniture for Helena Rubinstein by Ladislas  Medgyès

methacrylate design origin; bed-room furniture for Helena Rubinstein by Ladislas Medgyès


PMMA, an industrial plastic material that was patented in the ’30s in Germany, was used as a new material for applications in the field of design already from the ’40s. In the interior design world, first successfull PMMA application results can be traced back to Ladislas  Medgyès, who disegned bed-room furniture for Helena Rubinstein  and to Lorin Jackson, who designed the furniture for Grosfeld House.  But it is in the early 60s that designers start to exploit the advantages of plastics:  the freedom of designing in various forms and a wide range of colors and finishes instead of an inexpensive and easy-to-use replacement for another material.





Shoes made of acrylic glass

Acrylic glass is one of the greatest discoveries of 20th   century. The applications of this material, like interior decorations, facades, design objects, hand rails or roofs, give a new style to everyday life. The transparency, the brilliancy and the stability of acrylic glass are guaranteed for years.

Acrylic glass has been used by fashion designers, too since 1941. During this period a world competitive fashion show was organized in Frankfurt. Shoes for women with bench made of acrylic glass were presented; they had to indicate a new type of woman. The exclusive design model was thought only for the high society because it represented luxuriousness and elegance. Margarethe Klimt was one of the most famous fashion designers at the time.

Nowadays, stylists like PRADA or FENDI design shoes with acrylic plateau and acrylic bench and complete their exclusive shoes range with elaborated acrylic designs. The new trend is successful and many stylists design a new line of shoes adding acrylic benches in order to valorize the product.

Be a modern Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda will never be out of fashion. On the contrary: She created her own unique style, used innovative materials, as introduced on this blog before, and was brave enough to wear colors.

The Portuguese born Brazilian actress, singer and dancer was born with her given name Maria do Carmo Miranda Da Cunha. She got popular in the US during the 40ies. People thought her unique style was a manifestation of her Brazilian character, and yes, it can be seen as a manifestation of the warmth, the music and the natural happiness we find in Brazil even nowadays.

Her outfits have been often decorated with fruits, colorful held in red, pink, yellow, green and gold glittering. Since she is an icon of female summer fashion we from GEVACRIL® composed a new Carmen Miranda look for the summer of 2010.

Modern Carmen Miranda Outfit 2010 - composed by GEVACRIL®

Number 1: You must be colorful and sexy! The red dress of H&Ms current collection will attract everybody’s attention in a clearly positive way! The flower like layers in the downer half are something Carmen would have loved to wear. And the good news is: H&M sells it for only 39,95.

Number 2: The right shoes have to be extraordinary! Colors, high heels and a solid material will show your good taste, will make your feet walk like in heaven and they will tell, that you know exactly what you are doing. We either recommend the sandals by Fürstenberg or our latest discovery Francesca Giobbi, a Brazilian shoe designer with a store in Sao Paulo. Luckily you get her stuff through Italy as well.

Number 3: The right Make-Up includes a red lipstick! This season we recommend a droopy lipstick, like “Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte”, No. 325 by Shiseido.

Number 4: Don’t forget the fruits! Ai Candies created a cherry cake Ring, which must be yammi. But use your fantasy and try out new ways.

by Ai Candies

All you need now is to move your hips and be proud of yourself!

Enjoy your summer!

Yours GevaBlog Crew!

Fátima di Santis: I was in love with my bag

GEVACRIL is always looking out for interesting people to introduce to the world. In our first interview for the GevaBlog we will introduce the Brazilian Designer Fátima di Santis, who is professionalized in handbags, but does more as well.

GevaBlog: You are a fashion designer. Why did you choose this profession, and how came your specialization on  handbags?

Fátima: I started getting interested in fashion when I was still working as a hair stylist in São Paulo, but because I didn’t have much time left I couldn’t study at that time. When I moved to Curitiba my friend had a sewing machine and a roll of fabric, the more I tried to work with the machine the more enthusiastic I got, and started feeling like really learning it. In the beginning I used that same roll of fabric for everything. I tested until the fabric was used up.

My friend’s uncle, who is a fashion designer, was moving his atelier and he gave me some pieces of really nice material, I got very happy, because the material was really “Haute Couture”. So my first bag was done! The design was simple but the composition was sensational in my opinion. I was in love with my bag. Then I got a partial scholarship for a fashion course at SENAI, it was great and I learned a lot and so I became a Fashion Designer.

Bags are important accessories, I love making them and I love wearing them, I also adore Haute Couture and I want to make clothes too.

How do you create your designs?

My inspiration sources are infinite. When I am cooking for example I get some ideas looking at the shapes and colors of the vegetables, then I make a paper draft and try to realize the idea. When I am in my atelier I get inspired by the materials I have. In general it can be anything:  shapes, arts, cinema, TV… I am always seeking for something new and testing different things.

What is the speciality about your patterns?

I love colour compositions and using different materials. I am very happy with my work. I have a good partnership with a furniture designer who donates all his left over materials to me and I make beautiful pieces out of them while having low costs.

Since you are a Brazilian, what do you think is the typical Brazilian part in your creations?

Brazil is multicultural, it is colourful, beautiful, charismatic, open to the new, emergent, rich and above all sunny. Yes, there is a lot of Brazil in my creations!

While producing your handbags you have a focus on environmental issues as well. Can you explain us a little about this?

Many times, quite frequently, I use materials that normally would be thrown away (80% of my bags are made by using left over fabrics). So I am doing something good  to the environment and at the same time I gain something with it. It is really fulfilling, but it is not always possible to use left over materials, because I am focused on the “exclusive”.

What does the expression “individual style” mean to you?

It means to have your on style and opinion without corrupting yourself. I love the fashion world, I can impose my style into the fashion and change it. I use the fashion, it can dress me and also help me but it won’t change me.

You are selling your handbags basically on the Brazilian market and you are now exploring Europe. Can you tell us where our fashion girls and boys can find your bags?

Actually, I have friends from many different countries and most of them have my bags, so they are in Japan, New Zeland, the USA, England, Scotland, Argentina, Germany, among others.

The fashion girls and boys can find my bags on my Blog and they can place orders through my e-mail.

What’s your next step?

To learn other languages and improve the ones I already speak, English, Italian and French, and then: Conquer the world!!

Thank you Fátima!

Kristina, thank you very  much!

Merci beaucoup!





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Contact: fatimasantis(at)

Kristina Bodrozic-Brnic for GevaBlog!