Johanna Grawunder
No Whining On The Yacht
24th Jun 2013 - 23rd Aug 2013
Monday - Fridaypm
10am - 6
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
4 Albemarle Street - W1S 4GA

Johanna Grawunder’s unique and singular creative work invites us to enter a space without harshness. With absolute mastery she puts together a proposition that, as is her wont, takes its inspiration from the colours of the light spectrum.

In an inhabited space, she imagines four variations in shape, modulating coloured shadows: the RedDevil table, the BlackDot garden table, the PinkVoid floor lamp and the GoldBar ceiling light. She samples an intimate atmosphere by scattering zones of colour and gives us a unique landscape where each shape performs a functional task, diffusing an aura of colour that is distilled like a sign, a subtle presence.

Artist or designer? The fusion of genres occurs in a unique and remarkable fashion. Her quest draws on the sources of kinetic art, an art of the environment and a reflection on spectator participation whose optical perception she influences. Light becomes the element of creation, a reflection that also motivates the American artist James Turrell and his “perceptual environments”.

With No Whining On The Yacht, Johanna Grawunder serves an atmospheric quest for well-being, inspired by her contemplation of nature; and shares the elusive beauty of colour.

Johanna Grawunder is an architect and designer who splits her time between her native California and Italy where, while working with Ettore Sottsass from 1985 to 2001, she learned more than just style, she gained a vision of the design process as a whole.

In 2001, she opened two studios, one in San Francisco and one in Milan, where she develops her architectural projects, installations and carries out her own personal work.

Anne Bony, Paris, 2013

Selection of Works
Johanna Grawunder

Johanna Grawunder was born in 1961 in San Diego. Grawunder is a designer and architect based in Milan and San Francisco with a team of craftspeople in northern Italy. She is known for her monumental light installations. In addition to light installations, her practice includes minimalistic architecture and interiors, limited edition furniture design, and mass-produced pieces. Rather than being composed of light bulbs, Grawunder’s chandeliers are made from fluorescent tubing. 

Her modernist designs pair with the resulting simple production and energy efficiency to redefine luxury in the present age by highlighting the fact that there is no greater luxury than for life, art, and the planet to continue to exist. Indeed, Grawunder’s aim is to create works with longevity in a disposable era. To this end, she employs thoughtful and skilled craftsmanship methods.

Grawunder often uses energy efficient mass production techniques and materials, such as polished stainless steel, steel cables, and her signature painted metal. Through light, shape, and color she reveals the beauty of these basic materials. Grawunder’s light installations have also been exhibited on the roof of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

/ M. Vignal, ‘Femmes Designers’, Geneva: Aubanel.
/ S. Lowell, ‘Limited Edition’, Basel: Birkhauser Verlag AG.

/ M.L. Jousset, ‘Johanna Grawunder Foreign Policy’. Paris : La Galerie Italienne.
/ S.Yelavich. Contemporary World Interiors. New York : Phaidon
/ Cocinas Diafanas. Barcelona : Loft Publications

/ C. Broto, ‘New Domestic Interiors’, Barcelona: Structure
/ Lacagnina, Ma non al sud. Milano : Silvana Editoriale
/ Y. Futagawa. GA HOUSE Project 2005 no.86. Tokyo : A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co. Ltd
/ A. Guerriero, Dressing Ousselves. Milan : Edizioni Charta
/ J.M. Stahl, Dish. New York : Princeton Architectural Press

/ W. Xu. EU Make. Bejing : China-Building
/ S. San Pietro, Urban Interiors 4. Milan : Edizioni Archivolto
/ Word Atlas of Contemporary Architecture London : Phaidon Press

/ S. San Pietro, et al.New Offices in Italy. Milan : Archivolto

/ M. Rendel and R. Spitz, ‘Expanding the Gap’, Stuttgard/London: Edition Axel Menges
/ E. Terragni, Spoon. London : Phaidon Press Limited

/ Michele De Lucchi, Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Myerson ‘International Design Yearbook2001’, London: King Publishing
/ W. Xu, Johanna Grawunder. Bejing : China Youth Press
/ M. Rendel, R. Spitz. Daring the Gap. Colgne : Edition Axel Menges
/ Y. Futagawa, GA HOUSES 68. Tokyo : A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co. Ltd.

/ Marco Romanelli, Il vetro progettato: architetti e designer a confronto con il vetro quotidiano’,Firenze: Electa
/ Alberto Bassi, ‘Italian Lighting Design 1945-2000’, London : Phaidon

/ M. Carboni, Sottsass Associati / Flammenti. New York : Universe Publishing

/ J. Grawunder, Barcode. Ravenna : Futurarium School of Architecture and Design

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco. High Museum of Art, Atlanta. ArtInstitute, Chicago. Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris. High Instituto Culturale Italiano,Prague. Museum of Contemporary Art, Montevirgini. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), LosAngeles. GuanShan-Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen. Museo Correr, Venice. Museo di Arte Contemporaneo,Prato. Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen. Museo Di Arredo Conteporaneo, Ravenna.
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