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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
LABINAC comes to Italy
The design collective LABINAC, started in 2018 in Berlin by Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham, will participate in the Milano Design Week – Fuorisalone in Milan from April 8 through April 14 of this year.
Labinac will present furniture, lighting, jewelry and elements for interior design such as hand-blown glass vases.
The showroom is at the Rabotaroom on Via Sansovino 27 in Milan.
Alves and Durham traveled to Naples, Capua and Nola earlier in the year and found chestnut wood lumber hundreds of years old and broken sheets of exotic marbles. Marcello de Giudice and his family at the Nolana Foundry in Nola are producing benches and tables from these, following LABINAC’s designs.
LABINAC has commissioned design works by artists such as sculptural bracelets by Bev Koski from Thunderbay, Canada, hand-crafted porcelain lighting by Elisa Strinna from Padua, Italy and an olive wood shelf unit by Jone Kvie from Stavanger, Norway. The artist Trude Tortora of Naples has agreed to make special woven straps for some of Durham’s gold jewelry.
LABINAC is also showing from Brazil, ceramic works by Arupo Waura, a Wauja master ceramicist from Mato Grosso do Sul, hand-woven necklaces by the Huni Kuin weaver, Maria Rosilene Silva Pinheiro, stunning glass bead necklaces by the Kayapo and gourd bowls with geometric designs by the Tapirapé and Karaja.
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LABINAC arriva in Italia
Il collettivo di design LABINAC, lanciato nel 2018 da Maria Thereza Alves e Jimmie Durham, parteciperà alla Milano Design Week – Fuorisalone che si terrà a Milano dall’ 8 al 14 Aprile di quest’anno.
LABINAC presenterà mobili, lampadari, gioielli ed elementi per l’arredamento di interni come vasi in vetro soffiato.
Il salone d’esposizione sarà nella Rabotaroom in Via Sansovino 27 a Milano.
Alves e Durham, durante un viaggio a Napoli, Capua e Nola all’inizio di quest’anno, hanno ritrovato del legno di castagno vecchio centinaia di anni e dei frammenti di lastre di marmo esotico. Marcello de Giudice e la sua famiglia, alla Fondazione Nolana a Nola, stanno attualmente producendo delle panche e dei tavoli da questi materiali, sulla base del design LABINAC.
LABINAC ha commissionato lavori di design ad artisti come Bev Koski di Thunderbay (Canada), che ha realizzato braccialetti scultorei, Elisa Strinna di Padova (Italia) che ha realizzato lampadari di porcellani fatti a mano e Jone Kvie di Stavanger (Norvegia) che ha realizzato delle mensole in legno di olivo. L’artista napoletana Trude Tortora ha accettato di realizzare degli speciali cinturini intrecciati per alcuni dei gioielli in oro della collezione Durham.
LABINAC metterà in mostra anche oggetti provenienti dal Brasile, lavori in ceramica di Arupo Waura, maestro ceramista Wauja da Mato Grosso do Sul, collane intrecciate a mano della tessitrice Huni Kuin, Maria Rosilene Silva Pinheiro, stupefacenti collane in perle di vetro di Kayapo e contenitori di cucurbitacea con decorazioni geometriche realizzate dai Tapirapè e Karaja.
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We are happy to announce that visiting the LABINAC showroom by appointment at Bülowstr. 56 is now possible until the 10. January 2019.
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From 24. November until 20. December the LABINAC showroom can be visited.
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LABINAC opens Premiere Presentation of Designs // LABINAC designs on view for the first time.
On the 23rd of November more than 100 people attended the opening of LABINAC’s premiere presentation of designs.
Over 70 designs were on view. Besides vases, tables, chairs, benches, chandeliers and jewelry exclusively designed by Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham for LABINAC, furniture and jewelry by Elisa Strinna from Italy, Jone Kvie from Norway and Bev Koski from Thunder Bay, Canada are displayed. For the first time on view in Europe are also hand-woven bags-necklaces by Maria Rosilene Silva Pinheiro of the Huni Kuin in Acre, which were commissioned especially for LABINAC, and ceramics by Arupo Waura from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, a Wauja master ceramicist, and necklaces by the Kayapo from Mato Grosso and Para in Brazil, who make stunning contemporary use of glass beads.
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Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham started a design company.
Named LABINAC by Alves, it is based in Berlin, where the couple live. ‘The Earth is more than our daily schemes’, Alves said, ‘The aesthetic life is a life worth living.’
LABINAC is conceived as a design collective, and artists such as Elisa Strinna from Italy, Jone Kvie from Norway and Bev Koski from Thunder Bay, Canada, are also invited to produce works.
The company will make furniture, light fixtures, jewellery, and vases and dishes from glass and ceramics.
An opening is planned for late November, in a space acquired for a month or so. After the opening private viewing will be by appointment. For the immediate future there will be no permanent location or ‘store’.
Tables, chairs and benches made of metal, wood, bone and discarded stone will be displayed. Jewellery made of gold, electronic parts and glass will also be available, and light fixtures made from broken glass and metal. Durham has said that he likes the energy of broken glass. He uses it as well as small elements of older works from Murano to construct chandeliers and other fixtures.
Alves, on the other hand, makes large vases using the natural, slightly wild shapes that she forms in the blowing of glass directly. She designed a ‘Spider Chair’ in Naples where prototypes were handmade by her and an ironworker recently immigrated from Libya. Alves has also designed incidental tables in Berlin, using steel and stone from a stone yard near their studio.
Durham likes to combine unusual materials such as bone (cow and horse bone sourced from industrial suppliers), natural wood and old furniture parts, cut stone that is unusable for other purposes. But Durham also appreciates more traditional material: ‘I made wedding rings for two friends in the 60s and got hooked on the idea of gold, but the stuff inside electronic devices is even more magic’, he said.
Alves has brought back from Brazil ceramics and beadwork that she says is far beyond what is normally available. Such as the bowls made by Arupo Waura from the Wauja peoples of Mato Grosso. Bags by Maria Rosilene Silva Pinheiro of the Huni Kuin peoples in Acre were commissioned especially for LABINAC. Sales from these will provide financial assistance to indigenous students. A few hundred Euros can begin to change history amoung Brazil’s indigenous peoples’, she stated.
Kai-Morten Vollmer started LABINAC with Alves and Durham and can be contacted at
Alves and Durham have lived together in Mexico, New York, Marseille, Brussels, Rome, Naples and Berlin. They have made their own furniture and work areas in each place over a forty-year period.
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