ICFF Designers: Patrick Martinez

The imaginative designer talks about his immaterial lamps and concern for the notions of displacement, shift of perspective and dematerialization.

This week, PSFK will be interviewing a variety of designers — both established and up-and coming, to give a preview of what to look forward to at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), taking place this Friday through Monday in NewYork. This year, the majority of designers will be displaying their work at the Jacob K. Javits center, and we’ve asked them to give us some insights into what they will bedisplaying, their design process, where to find them in the center, and which booths they’ll be checking out in their free time.

We asked Patrick Martinez to share some thoughts and images about his work and the work of others with us.

What are you preparing to show at this year’s ICFF?

I will be showing two lamps whose particularity is to look immaterial. One of them is a downloadable lamp called Click. This is a computer program that has the ability to transform a computer screen into a mood lamp. The other project that I am showing is titled Blush and consists of a lamp embedded in a wall that glows through its surface.

How would you briefly describe your design process?

I have been developing a practice as a visual artist for the past 20 years and my intention of working as much in the product design field is only recent. Both my activities are connected and reflect my recurring concern for the notions of displacement, shift of perspective, dematerialization, economy, process, adaptation and resistance. I am also interested in objects with a meditative quality that tend to challenge our perception of time and space.

Have any recent design trends influenced your current work?

I am interested in cross disciplinary practices that blur the lines.  What fuels my work  covers a large spectrum of influences that includes music, art, cinema, literature, old and new.

While I was designing Blush for example, and although this is not a direct comment, I kept thinking of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting, “St Jean Baptiste” and about the  way the artist skillfully made the character emerge through the surface into the light,  giving  also the flat dark background of the painting an extraordinary depth and mystery…

Generally speaking, I am also  interested in the design tendency toward dematerialization that questions object production and distribution.

Who is the one designer whose work you will definitely be checking out at the show?

This is going to be a  very dense show and I am just planning to wander about the alleys without any preconceived idea or expectation. But  I am definitely curious and ready to be surprised..

Do you feel the ICFF show is evolving in a way which keeps pace with the design industry?

It is hard to say in advance, but as an international fair, I am hoping it will reflect  a wide array of  approaches. But the question really for me is this:   Is the design industry evolving in a way which keeps pace with the challenges of today’s world? Above all, I am hoping to discover objects and creations full of humor, lightness as well as purpose/meaning and substance.

Where will you be exhibiting during this year’s ICFF?

I will be at booth 866.

Thanks, Patrick!

Patrick Martinez

As the culmination of all our ICFF coverage, PSFK will be hosting a Salon on the Future of Design featuring the editors of top design websites. The event will take place this Friday the 13th from 8:30 to 11am at Soho House.

Click here for details.


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