A friend came by with a box of antique lace. He cleans out apartments for people who acquire them usually as an inheritance. The times change, customs change, fashion changes, and he was asked to take away the lace. While sorting it, I realized that the servant women responsible for the care of the clothes in these well-managed households had conscientiously retrieved lace, much of it handmade, from whatever article of textile that was withering away and would be disposed of. Collars from dresses, flounces from sleeves, borders from tablecloths and curtains were saved in this manner. Rescued by hard-working women who knew the labor involved in making lace: the strain on the eyes and the necessity of damp conditions to keep the linen thread pliable. I would imagine that they saved these pieces as a celebration of the fineness and skill of the lacemakers. It was saved, and saved and thought of and then after awhile it was no longer wanted in that household where perhaps ties of relationships and empathy had ceased.
While sifting through these intricacies of knotted wonders, I thought how to honor the labor and skill involved.
A Joy was There recuperates the lace.
LABINAC contacted Jiyoung Kim, the clothing designer based in Berlin, to collaborate with us in this honoring. If you send us an article of clothing, Jiyoung will send you two samples of lace applied to it that you can choose from.
To place orders and for more information please contact us at:
Highlights of meticulously crafted lace on linen shirt by Carla Fernández.
Alves’ mother gave her the Yves Saint Laurent 80s power jacket.
Some lace on the shoulders extends the discussion to include other fields of women’s work.
LABINAC congratulates Bev Koski, recipient of the York Wilson Endowment which will fund the acquisition of six bead works for the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto.
Lisa Meyers has written on how Koski`s practice extends Anishinaabe visual language through a context of materiality, abstraction, modernism, and the language of pattern.
LABINAC commissioned seven bracelets from Bev Koski in 2018, three of which were acquired by Centre national des arts plastiques, France.
Bev Koski’s beadwork is featured in multiple collections such as the Canadian Museum of History, Carleton Art Gallery, The Indigenous Art Centre Gallery, Thunder
Bay Art Gallery, Textile Museum of Canada.
We are excited to announce that LABINAC
participates in NOMAD VIRTUAL DESTINATION – Palais Bulles
with the work
Dichroic Glass Chandelier
Designed by Jimmie Durham for LABINAC
Made of dichroic glass & aluminum.
A rare selection of only 50 objects by 50 international galleries inspired by the extravagant Palais Bulles is on sale now, with part of the proceeds going to support the Design Museum.
28 SEPTEMBER – 11 OCTOBER 2020
The showcase is hosted on Phillips.com and can be accessed by clicking on the link
After a wonderful opening weekend the exhibition
light shines through
can be visited
Thursdays & Fridays 14 – 19h
Saturdays 12 – 19 h
and by appointment
Lindower Str. 20
If you plan to visit please write a mail to: email@example.com
We are looking forward to seeing you.
LABINAC is excited to announce that new Murano glass designs by Maria Thereza Alves are on display in the exhibition
UNBREAKABLE: WOMEN IN GLASS
Curated by Nadja Romain and Koen Vanmechelen
05.09.2020 – 07.01.2021
at Fondazione Berengo Art Space
The exhibition reflects the wealth of contemporary female artists creating works of art in glass.
LABINAC is proud to announce it’s participation in
NOMAD VIRTUAL DESTINATION PALAIS BULLES
28 SEPT – 11 OCT 2020
A PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH PHILLIPS AND THE DESIGN MUSEUM
Can broken glass be vindicated?
LABINAC announces exhibition during Berlin Gallery Weekend 2020 titled
light shines through
LABINAC, the design collective founded in Berlin by the artists, Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham together with Kai-Morten Vollmer will celebrate the serendipity of light coming from cracks and fissures with an exhibit of new lamps and chandeliers.
“Glass dances with light most magically”, according to Jimmie Durham, who was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in the last Venice Art Biennale.
At Callie’s, a new art space in Berlin, LABINAC will present a collection of recently-made lighting designed by Alves, Durham, Modersohn, and Strinna.
The opening will be on Friday, 11.09.2020 from 6–10 pm at
Lindower Str. 20
Callie’s is a non-profit experimental institution founded for the purpose of fostering creativity, cultural exchange, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
For more information please contact:
+49 176 6103 6404
JIMMIE DURHAM RETURNS TO VENICE WITH LABINAC
LABINAC is proud to announce its participation in NOMAD Venice.
As a founder of the design collective LABINAC, Jimmie Durham, along with his partner Maria Thereza Alves and Kai-Morten Vollmer, will participate in the Nomad Design Event in Venice this September.
Durham is looking forward to being in Venice again in September, the city he admires and which he has said, “The artisans of Venice have been an inspiration to me for twenty years or more.”
This May Durham was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by La Biennale di Venezia / Venice Biennale of Art 2019, in which he is also exhibting in the Arsenale and the Giardini. He has already participated in several Art Biennales as well as two Architecture Biennials in Venice, and was a professor at Università Iuav di Venezia 2007.
Alves will come from Brazil where she has been working with indigenous communities on projects related to the Art Biennale of Sydney in 2020 and a new work for the Botanical Garden in Berlin about Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
LABINAC will also feature works by Elisa Strinna, an artist from the Veneto area, and Jone Kvie, a Norwegian artist currently living in Marseille.
LABINAC will be given a special projects space in the NOMAD Venice, which runs from September 5th until 8th in the historic Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel.
for more information please contact:
+49 176 6103 6404
JIMMIE DURHAM RITORNA A VENEZIA CON LABINAC
LABINAC è orgogliosa di annunciare la propria partecipazione a NOMAD Venice
In qualità di fondatore del collettivo di design LABINAC, Jimmie Durham, e con la sua compagna Maria Thereza Alves e Kai-Morten Vollmer, parteciperanno al Nomad Design Event che si terrà a Venezia a settembre.
Durham è entusiasta di poter essere ancora una volta a Venezia questo settembre, la città che ammira e di cui ha detto, “Gli artigiani di Venezia sono stati fonte d’ispirazione per me da oltre venti anni”.
A Maggio Durham è stato insignito del Leone D’Oro alla carriera alla Biennale di Venezia del 2019, nella quale ha anche esposto nell’Arsenale e nei Giardini. Durham ha partecipato già a numerose Biennali d’arte e Biennali di architettura a Venezia, ed è stato professore all’Università Iuav di Venezia nel 2007.
Alves lo raggiungerà dal Brasile dove sta lavorando con alcune comunità indigene su progetti legati alla Biennale d’arte di Sydney 2020 e ad un nuovo lavoro per L’orto Botanico di Berlino sulla Foresta Atlantica del Brasile.
LABINAC metterà in mostra anche i lavori di Elisa Strinna, artista veneta, e di Jone Kvie, artista norvegese che attualmente vive a Marsiglia.
Uno speciale spazio per i progetti sarà destinato a LABINAC all’interno della NOMAD Venice, che avrà luogo dal 5 all’8 settembre nello storico Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel.
artist currently living in Marseille.
Per maggiori informazioni contattare
+49 176 6103 6404
After our first participation in Milano Design Week 2019, we are happy to announce that a selection of designs will be on view in Berlin on the 27th and 28th of April, from 12-18h.
Please visit us at:
c/o Pirol Studios
Bülowstr. 56 HH 1st floor
We are happy to announce that the deisgn collective LABINAC will participate in the Milano Design Week – Fuorisalone 2019 with designs by Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham, Bev Koski, Jone Kvie, Elisa Strinna et. al.
Please visit us at
Via Sansovino 27
and join us for an aperitivo on the 10th of April from 6-8 PM.