Emmanuel Babled, the Italian designer that fell in love with the Portuguese tiles, is one of the bigger names of the glass industry in the world. Babled’s design approach is based on the idea that a good project is born through direct contact and physical presence in the territory of its production. Observing materials and techniques in their authentic surroundings, gaining a feeling for places and social conditions have become an important part of his work method. With a constant focus in art, technology and craftsmanship, Babled and its studio bring the perfect mixing into the interior design world. Sit back and discover some of his most iconic creations here!
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Azoici consists of a series of unique glass pieces, hand-blown in collaboration with the Italian Master Andrea Zilio, and exclusively produced at Venice’s Murano island. The matte black and gray surfaces contrast delicately with the slightly tinted transparent glass. These glass pieces show what it means to design fluid masses in motion, like mixing earth and water, and how their complementarity is reinforced by their diversity in a definitive balance, while they remain the cradle of possible life.
The Quark series of low coffee tables blend the exploration of materials and production techniques to give birth to unique monolith tables. Quark explores prime materials such as wood and marble, in the meantime using materials like Plexiglas, bronze, and copper to challenge traditional methods of Italian craftsmanship and design. This is combined with the use of digital tools, whose precision gives the tables’ form. The series continues to push boundaries with its innovative materials and techniques.
For the 10th anniversary of the Quark series, Emmanuel Babled unveils the Quark Cork – fully natural and sustainable pieces produced in Portugal. The project Quark continues to explore materials and production techniques to give birth to monolith tables. This time, the raw materials of cork and marble are combined with Plexiglas, bronze and copper, breaking away from the traditional Italian approach to craft and design. The precision of digital tools gives the tables an original organic shape, resulting in design functionality with a sculptural identity.
Inspired by 1960’s pop culture, the Digit breaks away from the traditional Murano style of chandelier. Each chandelier is composed of 23 spheres made of hand-blown glass. These spheres are put together with the level of accuracy possible with computer technology, although the intentional impression is one of randomness. The spheres barely graze one another, which highlights the singularity, harmony and solidity of the whole. Luminous and reflecting spheres are mixed together. The white spheres diffuse a soft light that is infinitely reflected by the colored elements, resulting in joyful and celestial illumination, as if the spheres were floating in the air.
Geometric area rug from the collection Intersection. Each design is a masterpiece of traditional Nepalese craftsmanship and a unique creation with its own signature. Intersection pays particular attention to the way space relates to a rug. Hand-knotted in a choice of warm multi-toned Wool, Allo and Viscose, the minimal design features an abstract play of graphic geometric forms and layers to transform a space with charm and modern simplicity.
Librawood limited-edition low tables rest on a curved base, balancing on one point. Made in Italy, Librawood’s point of gravity is manipulated through the use of algorithmic software that allows the tabletop to achieve a perfectly horizontal position. The project is customizable in different materials following the same gravity-based principle. This is an example of how Emmanuel Babled combines new technology with traditional craft techniques to obtain unexpected, almost magical design pieces.
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