Beyond the Border
A new generation of American designers is emerging, in versatile expressions that narrate a pluralist idea of design, beyond geographical borders and traditions.
Written by Domitilla Dardi
Marc Thorpe featured international designer.
Focus on the work of Moroso M'Afrique in Dakar Senegal. Written by Alessia Pincini, photos by Alessandro Paderni.
Viaggio ai Tropici
Interiors special featuring the Baobab stool for Moroso M'Afrique.
Feature story on Marc Thorpe and the work for Moroso M'Afrique in Dakar Senegal.
Featured story, Lily for Casamania design by Marc Thorpe.
Featured cover designer for Intramuros Magazine May/June 2016.
Featured work, Husk chair for Moroso M'Afrique designed by Marc Thorpe.
Mark Table for Moroso featured in Milan Design Edition.
Milan Design Week review, featuring Baobab tables and Husk Chaise for Moroso and Lily Collection for Casamania.
Design Issue: Featured works of Marc Thorpe for Moroso and Casamania.
Feature story on the work of Marc Thorpe for Italian design house Moroso.
Featured cover story from Puerto Rico. Marc Thorpe con Africa como inspiracion.
Marc Thorpe l’HUMANISTE
Internati onalement apprécié pour son travail innovant, Marc Thorpe applique avec rigueur une vision intégrati ve de l’architecture, du design et de la technologie et croit fermement en une approche holistique, considérant l’objet comme constituant d’un tout et tenant compte, dans tous ses projets, des composantes sociales d’espace et de forme.
Inside Design / Casa D'Estate
I Colori della terra e le lavorazioni più preziose del ferro e del legno tra intagli e incastri, per inflessioni dell'atlante nordafricano.
Husk Chair for Moroso, design by Marc Thorpe.
Environmental product feature, Mark table for Moroso, design by Marc Thorpe.
Product featured selection, Husk for Moroso and Lily for Casamania.
Marc Thorpe featured interview for Dutch design magazine Residence.
Carafe for Coca-Cola / Design x Marc Thorpe
The design of the carafe is directly inspired by the architecture of the original 1915 bottle. The frosted glass vessel appears to be suspended in space above a high polished darkened steel base. On the base is the laser engraved logo of Coca-Cola.
Thorpe states, “I wanted to produced a form that not only reflects the historical references of the past but symbolizes movement toward the future.” The carafe’s inspired details include the exaggerated curvature of the 1915 glass body, frosted pale green glass, vertical top to bottom fluting and polished steel cap.
"America is not a style, America is an idea," says Marc Thorpe
New York design isn't just about lighting. In the latest in our series of interviews with the city's designers, Marc Thorpe explains why multidisciplinary studios like his are the ones finding favour with European brands. Thorpe has set himself apart from a large portion of New York's designers, who primarily focus on high-end lighting design, by working across architecture, furniture, graphics and branding to build a successful business. He is one of only a handful of American designers that has managed to build relationships with large European furniture brands like Moroso and Casamania, while maintaining an international client roster that includes Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz, Stella Artois and L'Oréal.
"Designers usually find themselves in this one realm of like 'I'm only doing product', or 'I'm only doing lights'," said Thorpe. "It's a question of limitation and if you talk to somebody in business, it's always about diversification."I always had a very difficult time being labelled an American designer," he continued. "My understanding of American design is that it's sort of an empty slogan – it doesn't really exist. America is not a style, America is an idea. And the idea was about diversification and having your own voice." He explained that New York's design scene is spilt between those like himself working across multiple sectors with international brands, and the "makers" who create custom products themselves and sell through American galleries.
Husk Chair for Moroso M'Afrique featured in Interior Design Market Tabloid May 2015.
Marc Thorpe featured designer for Brazilian design publication.
Design Update, Featured Morning Glory Table for Moroso designed by Marc Thorpe.
Featured Product - Morning Glory for Moroso by Marc Thorpe
NEW AMERICAN SUCCESS STORIES.
PUSHING BOUNDARIES: MARC THORPE DESIGN
“BEING UNCOMFORTABLE IS A NORMAL STATE FOR ENTREPRENEURS. YOU HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF TO ALWAYS ENGAGE WITH THE UNKNOWN,” SAYS THORPE.
Marc Thorpe’s professional blueprint was drafted early on. The ink on his master’s degree in architecture from Parsons was barely dry when he founded Marc Thorpe Design in 2004. A decade later, he is the principal architect and lead industrial designer for his multidisciplinary design studio, working across disciplines from architecture and industrial design to digital media and branding
International Design Week Review
New York Makers Generation, featured Marc Thorpe for Italian design house Moroso.
Marc Thorpe for Moroso feature story. Products featured Blur Sofa, Mark Table and Ratio Limited Edition table.
Art of Pop, Top Designers
Petal Power - Feature of Morning Glory Table designed by Marc Thorpe for Moroso.
Vejo Flores em Voce, Os cachos da videira
Morning Glory by Marc Thorpe for Moroso
Black & White / Blur Sofa for Moroso featured product designed by Marc Thorpe.
Giovani Designer / Young Designers / Marc Thorpe featured designer
Under Armour Experience Shanghai editorial. Marc Thorpe Design and HUSH Studios.
Product Profile . Marc Thorpe
IN THE ZONE
An architect and industrial designer develops brands while building his own.
Twenty-One Under Thirty-Five
Young Design: The Makers by Emma Whitford
Marc Thorpe 35, USA. Thorpe spent three years making the fabric for this couch, in collaboration with the Holland-based Innofa Fabrics and Italian furniture manufacturer Moroso. They used a computer program developed that translates each pixel from a digital image into a stitch point. The result is an ombre effect that appears at first glance to be dyed.
The Hottest Trend in High End Furniture: The Fade
Top designers are using the latest ombre techniques to make the gradient.
New York designer Marc Thorpe took advantage of a new digital knitting technique to make a woven rather than dyed or printed version of the ombré effect that creates an optical illusion in which the eight-foot wool-blend Moroso sofa seems to disappear into thin air.
Marc Thorpe by Nell Alk
As principal architect and chief industrial designer for the innovative firm Marc Thorpe Design 34-year-old Every House member proves brilliant beyond his years. The award-winning wunderkind has executed novel projects of varying scales and sorts from seamlessly merges technology progressive architecture – which and aesthetic – to breathtaking meets-minimalist interior design. He and his team have built their reputation on a rigorous commitment to excellence as well as to thinking outside the box. Automobile manufacturers, private car clubs, beauty, media, retail and jewelry giants – and Moroso and Bernhardt furniture – have either collaborated with or commissioned his company, which Thorpe launched in 2005. Of late, MTD is working with Mercedes Benz and Under Armour. Perhaps most exciting is the Sky House (above), scheduled for construction later this year. Set in the Black Forest in southern Germany, this “tree house for adults” represents a serene retreat from the everyday. Perched deep within the woods, with expansive views of the treetops, Sky House is a functional and efficient escape.
12 New York Designers
Voici l’un des rares designers américains à avoir séduit durablement l’Italie avec des collaborations auprès d’éditeurs comme Moroso, Fasem ou Saporiti Italia. Tourné à part égale vers l’architecture et le design, son studio a vu le jour en 2005 et envisage son activité à travers une approche globale intégrant la recherche technologique, le graphisme, l’aménagement intérieur et la stratégie de marques pour l’Oréal, Yahoo, Quinze&Milan, Esquire ou Davidoff. Présent au sein de la galerie new-yorkaise R’Pure, ce designer de 34 ans basé à Manhattan a été formé au design industriel à l’Université du Maryland avant de se frotter à l’architecture à la Parsons New School for Design. Se tenant volontairement à distance des tendances, il envisage son activité sous l’angle d’une plateforme créative en rupture avec les codes établis! www.marcthorpedesign.com et www.silvera.fr.
In News / NY Fa Fest al Design
Tra i molti prodotti esposti alla Gallery'R Pure, La MTA Chair disegnata da Marc Thorpe.
Game of Thrones
Marc Thorpe Design was commissioned by Bloomberg Business Week to conceptualized the womens bathroom of the future for corporate office environments. The restroom should be “a destination, a place you can escape,” says Thorpe. “There’s a table for women to put their bags, maybe grab a magazine. To the left is a lounge area. It’s a centralized place for communal gathering with pockets of privacy. On the perimeter are satellite wash stations.” The main wall features digital media. “It will be a screen of interactive glass making the movement of the water,” says Thorpe. “It’s intended to be soothing and feminine and cool. Behind that, concealed, are the actual stalls, with modern toilets and amenities.”
The Maison & Objet Observatoire (trend forecasting board) is breathing in the current atmosphere; exploring and gathering clues that forecast the future; analyzing our new attitudes and spying on our latest quirks to dissect our wants. The result: The September 2012 edition of their trend forecast: Essentials. The Blur Sofa for MOROSO designed by Marc Thorpe is featured in Minimum an exhibition designed and curated by Elizabeth Leriche. Choosing the better by privileging “less” is the contemporary expression of an anti-bling-bling luxury that is turning its back on overload. Bare geometry, simple lines, transparent materials, lighter forms and gradations of colors are privileging high emotional wattage. Design is creating a minimalist art that plays the card of discretion and invites contemplation. Stylistic asceticism is freeing space from the weight of things and revealing the essence of Beauty in all its purity.
Featured design: Blur Sofa designed by Marc Thorpe for Moroso.
WANTED. This "Blur Sofa" Literally Fades From White To Red
Marc Thorpe has a heady way of describing his design sensibility: "Invisibility translated into built form." When you see furniture encased in his new cloth, which begins on one end as white and then fades into a solid color, the phrase starts to make sense. A couch (he calls it the Blur Sofa) seems to dissolve under its fabric's gradient. The cloth took two years to develop. The New York-based designer worked with Jos Pelders of Dutch textile manufacturer Innofa, and used software that orchestrates a process in which yarn is knitted into textured layers while "pixels" of neon wool are simultaneously dropped into the fabric, producing a color pattern that exists both on and within the textile. "We have a big pile in the factory of all of the trials we ran," says Pelders. "To translate the effect was incredible." (Price upon request, moroso.it)
Le Parcours Libre de Patrizia Moroso
Featured design: Blur Sofa and Mark Table designed by Marc Thorpe for Moroso at the 60th Anniversary exhibition in Milan Italy.
Facet Table designed by Marc Thorpe for Bernhardt Design featured on the cover.
Piggybacking on the success of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York Design Week - which begins May 18, has now firmly established its own identity. Here's our selection of not to miss events.
Born in the USA / Love it or Leave it: American Standards Revisited at Gallery R'Pure
Featured Design - MTA Chair design Marc Thorpe
The Now 99 / Today's Design Landscape: Ideas, People, Products & Plans
Neo Knits / A pair of designers dream up a fresh way of knitting pixelated fabric powered by a 21st century sewing machine.
After creating the Blur sofa for Moroso in 2011 New York based designer Marc Thorpe collaborated with Jos Pelders of the dutch textile manufacturer Innofa to conceive a fabric capable of pulling off a disappearing act.
Le Style AD 8 petits espaces avec personnalite
Paris 70m Contemporains, Realisation Cedric Saint Andre Perrin
Product Feature - Area Table for Bernhardt Design designed by Marc Thorpe
Made in USA / La Nouvelle Vague New Yorkaise
Pour la troisieme annee consecutive, American Design in Paris installe dans le showroom Triode dans le 6 arrondissement. Jacques Barret, patron des lieux, s'attache a faire partager aux Parisiens sa passion pour le design de la cote est. Embarquement immediat pour Manhattan et Brooklyn.
Triode expose une nouvelle vague de createurs new-yorkais etonnamment peu connus en Europe: Marc Thorpe, Lindsey Adelman,Jonah Takagi, Jason Miller, Joe Doucet, Francois Chambard...
Le Guide Deco Design 2012
Product Feature - Blur Sofa for Moroso designed by Marc Thorpe
The Best View of the World
Study Design by Marc Thorpe and Hush Studios for Acura
Design: Blur Sofa for Moroso designed by Marc Thorpe
Marc Thorpe and Hush Studios for Acura
Work is an imprecise concept for the ultimate bachelor. The effort and passion he puts into both his professional and personal pursuits blur the traditional boundaries. Clearly, his success is a product of his capability to create value in whatever area he sets his mind to. It is also a product of his creative approach, not so much what he does, but how he does it. And so his study, as a work space even as an idea is yet another venue for the Esquire man to push the limits of his ability to affect and interact with his environment and achieve his goals. New york designer and architect Marc Thorpe, principal of Third Eye Studios NYC makes his living rethinking how we use space…
Inspired Design. New york Design Week 2011
The memory of Tobias Wong lived on at Brokenoff Brokenoff, an exhibition hosted at Manhattan's Gallery R'Pure. The show was composed of pieces interpreted by his admiring contemporaries.
Call me or Copy Me by Marc Thorpe
Wong's business card was a stencil, which he passed along with a brief but evocative disclaimer: "call me or copy me." Thorpe transformed the plastic piece into gold.
The Return Trip
The year's best designs in seating borrow from past typologies to forge fresh approaches.
White (And Orange) Riot
New York based designer Marc Thorpe injects a rock and roll attitude into an Italian sofa.
For Moroso's new Blur sofa, Thorpe looked up-way up- to French arhitect Jean Nouvel's unfinished, 1,396 foot tall Tour sans Fins project for creative cues. His goal: to create a design that not only mimics the tower's gradating pattern, but on that's also "bright, vibrant, bold offensive, really in your face," says Thorpe 32. Punk rock, in some sense." Blur is Thorpe's second release for the manufacturer and follows last year's cantilevered Mark table.
Milan Report 2011 / Vivid
Milan's technicolour palette was confident, exuberant and optimistic. Running through the spectrum from pastel to fluoro, citrus shades and saturated blues were not for the faint hearted.
Blur Sofa by Marc Thorpe for Moroso.
BEST IN THE CITY
Divani, Tavoli, Sedie, Letti, Luci Scelti ambientati tra le installazioni di mutant architecture and design evento clou della rivista interni durante la settimana del mobile a milano.
Divano Blur Sofa con struttura in legno e poliuretano espanso e rivestimento in tessuto stampato sfumato dall'arancio fluorescente al bianco. Tavolino Mark Table a sbalzo, in lamiera verniciata. Entrambi disegnati da Marc Thorpe per Moroso.
Installazione Mutated Panels di Richard Meier con Italcementi e Styl-Comp Group
New Design Dal Salone del Mobile 2011
Delecate sul vetro, optical sulla cermica, 3D suitessuti: giochi cromatici di ultima generazione
Blur Sofa by Marc Thorpe for Moroso
Out of Focus
New York designer Marc Thorpe challenged perceptions of space and scale with his prototype for the Blur Sofa shown at Moroso. The design's unusual upholstered surface appears to lose definition from one arm to the next. The effect is created by a specially knitted fabric which is tinted an extreme fluorescent orange at one end before gradually fading and blurring into white at the other.
18 Design Trends from Milan
Featured design: Blur Sofa for Moroso design Marc Thorpe
Featured Product on Cover - Blur Sofa for Moroso by Marc Thorpe
It's a Stitch Up
With the emergence of colourful and voluminous furniture covers by the likes of the Bouroullecs, Patricia Urquiola and Marc Thorpe, a future without knitted fabrics is looking more and more impossible.
Even more detailed is the material used to cover Marc Thorpe's Blur Sofa for Moroso, which undergoes a gradual tonal gradation from red to white. Only with your nose practically pressed against the surface of the sofa can you distinguish the minuscule red and white stitches that cause the "blur."
Featured Design - Blur Sofa for Moroso, Fabric developed by Innofa
Observer / Show I Saloni
A bustling show of 2,775 exhibitors marked I Saloni's 50th anniversary this April. Business was brisk and there was a defined felling of optimism. This was reflected in the slick and commercial products on the stands, along with a willingness to play with colour lacking in previous seasons. Kartell ditched the monotone of last year with a stand that embraced all out colour along with other materials outside its usual remit; notably wood and glass. The best of the bunch was Patricia Urquiola's new take on the Comeback chair. At Moroso, there was an inspiring new sofa called Blur by Marc Thorpe and an elegant injected molded chair called Impossible Wood by Doshi Levien.
We're making a slash with these bathing beauties and bony basins
Featured Design - Mark Table design by Marc Thorpe for Moroso
Mark Table design by Marc Thorpe for Moroso featured interior photo shoot.
Mark Table design by Marc Thorpe for Moroso featured interior photo shoot.
Interactions & Connections
New York based designer Marc Thorpe is the latest of an exciting new generation of American designers to make their mark on the global design industry. He talks with Tamsin Kingswell
Marc Thorpe has had a good year. His cantilevered powder-coated steel table Mark for Moroso was well received in Milan as was his Embrace table in oak for Quinze & Milan. Several architectural projects including The Wall House in New York and the Infiniti Moments of Inspiration pavilion in Monterey have been completed and Showtime commissioned the designer to interpret its newest show for the 2010 Showtime House installation. Still only in his early 30's, it's fair to say that Thorpe can't believe his luck. While it is comparatively easy for new designers to build a name for themselves in Europe, in the US, particularly in the current economic climate, the big corporate structure of most companies aren't the most fertile places for individuals to flourish. "There really is nowhere to go; either you become a spoke in the wheel of a larger entity or you set up on your own," says Thorpe. This is exactly what he did, establishing his New York based Third Eye Studios (3E) in New York in 2005. "It made sense, there were a couple of projects which allowed the company to develop and I wanted to keep things small," he says. New York was an oasis of opportunity too: "The beauty of New York is that being there is enough; networking happens naturally."
Showtime House 2010
Top designers and architects transform three New York penthouses into the ultimate design meets technology multimedia show house inspired by seven original Showtime series: The Big C, Californication, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara and Weeds, plus soon to be launched The Borgias.
The Borgias media room designed by Marc Thorpe and Hush Studios, inspired by the Renaissance era setting of the Borgias and the rise of a powerful pope, this room combines neon light with interactive technology, transforming classic icons into modernist sculpture that emits sound and motion.
Designer Feature: Marc Andreas Thorpe
Two page feature on the furniture design work of Third Eye Studios NYC.
Featured products include the Mark Table for Moroso, Gretsch Seating for Quinze & Milan and 3E prototypes Rift Unit and Edge Table.
Design Story. Marc Thorpe
Four page feature on the multi disciplinary design work of Third Eye Studios NYC.
Featured products include the Mark Table for MOROSO, Mobius Chair for Fasem, the Gretsch Lounge and Embrace Bench for Quinze & Milan and the Edge Table.
Form, Function and Technology from Around the World
by Eric Chan of ECCO Design
Product design has changed dramatically in recent years as everything, from computers to microwaves to MP3 players, has become more compact and more powerful. Less seems to be more, as everything becomes portable and more user friendly. 1,000 Product Designs features the most innovative designs in recent years. This unprecedented collection of products from all over the globe is a window into different cultures and societies, featuring everything from furnishings to personal items and accessories to electronics.
Featured Designs by Third Eye Studios NYC:
Miura Sofa for Bernhardt Design. USA
Area Table for Bernhardt Design. USA
Gretsch Lounge for Quinze & Milan. Belgium
A watch-out-for name at Salone, this budding talent is part of the fresh creative wave on American shores.
Of New York's Third Eye Studios, he believes strongly in relationships – be they between a space and its furniture or even a designer and the client. It probably explains why Marc is regularly in the news and his edgy, functional style makes it to a lot of wish lists. An architect, interior, graphic and industrial designer, this versatile maverick works for top brands – from Moroso, Bernhardt, Target to Yahoo. He also teaches in the department of Design, Digital Art and Film at NYU.
Mark Table designed by Marc Thorpe for Moroso
The Design Issue / Conversations with Three Designers
Your're very interested in building connections and relationships, bring designers, ideas, companies and manufacturers together. How do you work? What is the philosophy behind Third Eye Studios?
I have always liked to speak about WE not ME. The notion of the solo "Architect" and "Designer" is dead. "Star Architects" and Star Design" is bullshit. Life in itself is a series of interconnections, interactions and relationships. Architecture and design are a reflection of this, both in practice and in theory. My studio and myself act as a landscape of transition, an "event space" designed to enhance the evolutionary process of becoming...
Featured Product - Mark Table for Moroso by Marc Thorpe
Milan's Finest Designs
"The Mark cantilevered occasional table was minimal in its design but loud in colour," says Vogue Living editor David Clark. "Created for Moroso by young American designer and architect Marc Thorpe, the piece is made from a single sheet of steel bent into an endearingly versatile form."
Born in the USA
Who's really who on the American design scene
If Patrizia Moroso, who has an uncanny ability to spot the brightest talents, thinks that Marc Thorpe is one of the best designers to come out of the US, who are we to argue? Young and dynamic, aged just 31, Thorpe collaborated with Moroso, to launch the Mark Table at this year's Salone in Milan and was an instant hit with the international design connoisseurs. He has collaborated with Bernhardt, David Yurman and Target among others.
American Design Dream
Exclusive interview with Jerry Helling, president and creative director of Bernhardt Design.
Featured design: Area Table for Bernhardt Design designed by Marc Thorpe
As seen in New York, half a century after its golden age American design enjoys a renaissance.
But whats holding the US back? Certainly not a shortage of talent, with a roll-call that includes Stephen Burks, Harry Allen, Todd Bracher, Jeffery Bernett, and Marc Thorpe to name just a few of the home grown and Yves Behar, Ron Gilad, Karim Rashid, Dror and Canadian born Wong among the new diaspora who have chosen to base themselves in the US. Proof of the Americans ability is that they have been singled out in the super-competitve world of European design by such talent spotters as Giulio Cappellini (Bernett, Bracher) Patrizia Moroso (Burks, Thorpe)
Shopping Wish List Top 14
Elle Decoration's pick of stylish home buys we know you'll love forever.
Marc Thorpe's elegant Area walnut tables for Bernhardt Design are really special.
Soft Landings - Featured Design
Area Table by Marc Thorpe for Bernhardt Design
The Area range of occasional tables are by architect and designer Marc Thorpe for the innovative American Design firm Bernhardt Design.
Who will be the New Eames?
"As an American designer Eames is inherited in the blood," says Thorpe, laughing. As far as he is concerned, that is not only true of the design itself, but also of the coming into existence thereof. Eames, Nelson and Bertoia carried out their work in close collaboration with manufacturers. That went well then and it still goes well these days. When all is said and done, we cannot pride ourselves on an age-old culture, but we cannot but talk about the melting pot we just happen to be. That is our identity. Looking back in retrospect, it is obvious that we perform best in times of great cultural exchange". Thorpe equally observes that he is far behind his European counterparts. "Out here, you graduate from the academy with a towering student loan and that leaves you with no choice but to accept the fist job at the design department that comes your way". That is why he is glad manufacturers like Bernhardt Design, Knoll and Herman Miller once again, cautiously allow a certain degree of latitude for experimenting. That is why two programs are run at Bernhardt for young designers and the ties with young European talents are strengthened. This is all done in the hope of enabling American designers to once again have a foothold in Europe, as was the case in the successful fifties. Thorpe appears to be succeeding, he currently collaborates with the Belgian Quinze & Milan. His fellow designers are following in his wake.
Written by Renske Schriemer
Marc Thorpe for Davidoff Cigarettes
To step onto the terrace of the Esquire Soho apartment is to step out into the city. With 360 degree vistas, the terrace sparkles with the greatest decoration of all-the island of Manhattan. This linear space straddling the boundary between what is inside and what is outside is a world of experience and the rewards of a spectacular life. Marc Thorpe of Third Eye Studios in New York has channeled the Davidoff Cigarette brand's philosophy of the art of living in his design for the 3000 sqft wrap around terrace.
Is the Death of American Design Greatly Exaggerated?
Sure, the residential market here is conservative and industry opportunities are scarce. But a strong turnout at ICFF suggests that contemporary furniture design is alive and well, thank you.
Area 2009, Marc Thorpe
These exquisitely crafted solid-walnut occasional tables which boast near invisible joinery play with positive and negative space. They are manufactured by Bernhardt Design as part of the Global Edition collection.
Featuring Bernhardt Design's Area Tables by Marc Thorpe.
10th Anniversary Special Edition, Rising Designer Feature
Focusing on the Social Component in Design / Marc Andreas Thorpe
Four page feature article on the work of New York design studio
Third Eye Studios and Marc A. Thorpe.
Bon Vivant / The Jetsetter's Guide to Gluttonous Globetrotting
Ever fantasized about getting behind the wheel of a Bertone crafted Ferrari or a million dollar electric Tesla? Classic Car Club satisfies connoisseur cravings the globe over, from London to Copenhagen. And, when you're running on empty in New York City, refuel in the exclusive members only Classic Car Clubhouse, where only those with a key are allowed entrance. Designed by architect Marc A. Thorpe of New York City's 3E Studios...
"The new Classic Car Club is an extension of the cars and the cars and extension of the club," shares Thorpe.
Written by Nell Alk
Bernhardt Design International Ad Campaign
featuring Area Table.
Featured in Interior Design (June 2009)
A Cut Above
Sharp silhouettes meet unexpected shapes.
Area walnut coffee table in Pacific lacquer by Bernhardt Design.
Area walnut occasional table in Citrus, Pear, and Sky Lacquer by Bernhardt Design.
The House that Esquire Built
The tequila bar designed by 3E Studios for Patron. The two triangles are six feet long and unattached, allowing them to be arranged to suit the occasion. Inspired by the shapes repeated in Mexican art, not a lime wedge. The front pond has three waterfalls, four torches and ten koi, although the koi often hide when guests approach.
New York Special
Cherche Editeurs Despesperement
Directeur artistique de la maison d'edition Bernhardt Design, jerry Helling collabore avec les plug grands designers internationaux (Patrick Jouin, Christian Biecher, Arik Levy, comme avec de prometteurs talents americains. Alors qu' il devoile une collection signee par le jeune new yorkais Marc Thorpe, 29 ans, il revient sur la quasi-absence du design, made in USA, au plan international.
Images fixes a Manhattan
"Facet", design Marc Thorpe. Table basse, structure du pietement et du plateau disposee en symetrie. Bernhardt Design
3E Studios for Patron
Marc Thorpe and Chrissy Angliker of Third Eye Studios of New York were commissioned to reinterpret Patron Tequila in bar form for the Esquire House Hollywood Hills. Their vision is a pair of high-gloss white and translucent shards, slipping past each other and yet dependent upon each other. As if caught mid-step moving toward a geometric embrace. This tectonic design at once rests within a space and creates new space as guest move around it. A paradox and an invitation to explore further, reminiscent of the beguiling Mexican spirit that serves as the inspiration for this project.
Annual Design Issue
Out of the Closet - Page 191, Revo by Marc A. Thorpe for 3E Studios, For the widely indecisive decorator in everyone: these units can be stacked on the floor or mounted to the wall, form a screen or even create a conversation nook. Page 192, Slip by Marc A. Thorpe for 3E Studios, No more knocking against a boxy file cabinet wedged besides your knees. The jigsaw silhouette of 3E's desk integrates storage artfully, if minimally.
Interview by Stephanie Nikolopoulos
As a CCC member and the founder of Third Eye Studios, an architecture and industrial design studio, Marc Thorpe saw the need to enhance the Club's current space to match the elegant cars and prestigious members it hosts. He has designs in the works for the new CCC Lounge and Cafe to open in summer 2008.
Thorpe's description of the clubroom includes words like "honest, raw, progressive and organic." He envisions the lounge and cafe to have a symbiotic relationship with the garage, echoing the craftsmanship of the cars: "Luxury is translated in details and textures, in both the cars and the space. Every screw matters in a construction of a Ferrari. The same approach is taken in the construction of the CCC Lounge. The new CCC Lounge is an extension of the cars and visa versa."
Annual Design Issue
Mark Lounge - Designed by Third Eye Studios NYC, Mark Lounge's cantilevered steel frame is fleshed out in a polyester resin laminate by 3Form. The space features bar stools, side tables and lounge seats made exclusively by Quinze & Milan and Third Eye, allowing for near infinite configurations of the space.
Highlighting 50 of New York's contemporary talent in the fields of architecture, interior design, product design and fashion. In 528 pages and with more than 730 photographs, the book reviews the works of such renowned names as Richard Meier, Karim Rashid, SOM and Steven Holl, not forgetting the work of emerging artists, through interviews and informative texts.
Third Eye Studios - Marc A. Thorpe, New York City.
The interdisciplinary training of Marc Thorpe, who studied both industrial design and graphic design as well as architecture, can be seen in his pluralistic design approach. His company, Third Eye Studios, is less of a design studio and more like a collective which brings together independent architects, designers and artists, to design products together, which combine art and design with daily life.
Does a typical New York style exist?
No, to define something as a particular style is to limit it. New York brings the world together to create a new mutation of hybrid cultures and influences. It is ever changing and in a constant state of flux. With respect to this condition, it does not allow us to define it.
No Show fashion photo shoot for Surface Magazine, featuring the Embrace Bench for the X Collection.
LIVING ON THE EDGE - Third Eye Studio's Cocktail Table
New York-based Third Eye Studios will go to any lengths to find inspiration. For its new collection, designers Marc Thorpe and Greg Hess reference everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. The "Edge" cocktail table gains its irregular shape from the pattern painted on battleships during the Second World War. Made out of tempered smoked glass, it's welcome to dock in our living room any time.
"Edge" table, $5,500, by Third Eye Studios, from DSA Associates, tel: 1.202.863.0350 (US)
Antenna has once again been scouring the globe for the latest trends in the world of fashion. In furniture design, it's all about having the Edge. In design and home wares, we highlight the latest crop of objects with a distinctly architectural feel, from Karim Rashid's Morphescape crockery to New York-based Third Eye Studio's cocktail table, which bears more than a passing resemblance to one of Zaha Hadid's architectural renderings. This cocktail table clearly has the Edge.
NEW & NOTABLE
Third Eye Studio's Marc Thorpe developed Rift to help keep things separate. The 50 x 12 x 4 inch powder coated aluminum aircraft units are $1,100 and can be stacked to form a table or wall mounted as individual shelves. The $800 Kraz offers both masked and exposed storage: 24 x 16 x 16 inches.
THE X FILES
DSA Associates X collection has purity of purpose. "The line collapses early 20th century design into a 21st century ecological position," says Third Eye Studios's Marc Thorpe, who designed X with his partner, Greg Hess. Inspired by French architect Bernard Cache, the zigzag Kraz side table, shown in cerused oak, can be oriented in a number of directions and stacked with other units. The low James T table's exposed stainless-steel frame accentuates the top's asymmetrical quadrants of Macassar Ebony. Both tables are executed in wood certifed by the Forest Stewardship Council.
275 architects, interior designers and stylists photograph their inspiration and realisations.
Survival or the hippest: Absoluut Architectuur/Interieur 02
Absoluut Architectuur/Interieur 02 participants: Stefan Schöning (B), Paul Kelley (UK), Fabiaan Van Severen (B), Rojkind Arquitectos (Mexico), Bart Lens (B), Marc A. Thorpe (USA), bOb Van Reeth (B), MMBB (Brazil), Jo Crepain (B), Claesson-Koivisto-Rune (Sweden), Alejandro Stöberl (Argentina), Jan von Borstel (Germany), Autoban (Turkey), Charles Kaisin (B), Bataille & ibens (B), PLUSS Arhitektuuribüroo (Estonia), KPMB Architects (Canada), B-K-K (Australia), Quinze & Milan (B), Dive Architects (UK), HEAD (China), Diplomat (UK), Aguiñiga Design (USA), Felix Severin Mack (Germany)
Third Eye Studios - Marc A. Thorpe, New York City, USA.
I think the most inspirational thing for me is the element of change in everyday life. Nothing is complete or finished. Everything must grow and become something else, something new. The photos taken with the camera are examples of everyday change around us, here in new York. What else is inspirational about this is that the act of change is an "act," calling into question our own unique ability to perceive differently and reflect on what we know.