The Milan Furniture Fair. Part One: Arik Levy

If you love new design, exciting ideas and, umm, an awful lot of prosecco, there’s one event you really shouldn’t miss: The Milan Furniture Fair. One of the world’s biggest design events, Milan is the place where design careers are made. This year, we were thrilled to co-present Tom Dixon’s MOST—an exhibition featuring some of the world’s most exciting designers.

Among them was Paris-based designer, Arik Levy. To celebrate the launch of the Milan Furniture Fair Pop-Up Shop in Fab Europe, we wanted to share a little more about this multi-disciplinary designer.

Arik Levy has it all—except for limits: “I don’t know what I’m doing“ is his favourite response when asked what exactly his profession is. Taking note of the slight twinkle in his eye, you’re immediately clued in to his fine wit. It’s one that not only exhibits a self-effacing penchant for understatement, but also a lovable coyness that is echoed throughout his impressive body of work. 

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Born in 1963, the designer, artist, filmmaker, photographer, architect, and technician has experienced the art and design world in a truly holistic way. His works for Vitra, Molteni, Baccarat, Vibia, Swarovski, and Issey Miyake are known all over the world. He’s exhibited in galleries (click here for a full list), in fairs (Vienna Design Week, Art Fair Paris), and in some of the world’s most renowned design institutions, including the Istanbul Modern and the V&A. He’s also a familiar face in design magazines such as Dezeen, *Wallpaper, and Designboom.

Following a residency at Art Center Europe in Vevey, Switzerland and a stint in Japan, he recently set up shop with his team in Paris to focus on high-tech clothing and furniture design. But it was in Milan where we met and fell in love with Levy and his brand-new conceptual lighting design.

At this year’s Salone Del Mobile, French lighting house Forestier debuted his lampshade Spi: a bewitching creation that bridges the gaps between art, fashion and industrial design. It’s truly stunning, and as Levy himself would probably say, it’s made especially for you, the design enthusiast. Levi once said, “The world is about people, not objects” and we couldn’t agree more.

If you fancy trying your hand at creating an Arik Levy lampshade, check out this video of the visionary polymath himself (sorry—it’s only in French!).

And if you’d rather have an Arik Levy original (with no DIY required) check out the Milan Pop-Up Shop at Fab Europe.

- Miriam Rauh

All images courtesy of Arik Levy or Forestier