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Butterfly

The bent plywood modular frame of the coffee table Butterfly, which reproduces the elegant beauty of the shape of a butterfly, made as light as possible and reinforced in its key angular points, turns Alexander Taylor’s design into a complete example of functional sculpture – though the author usually dealt with the simplification of the mass product.

Although a formal reference to Carlo Mollino’s organicism immediately emerges, also in connection with the lepidopteron (a symbol of femininity, a constant presence in the poetic imagination of the eccentric master from Turin), here Taylor, who is involved in the dynamics of industrial design in its strictest sense, chooses the shape of a butterfly as the reproducible element that is reflected, added up and multiplied to form the base of a coffee table with square or rectangular plate glass top, held up by 8 or 12 modular elements, respectively, with a strong sculptural value.

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Establishing his own studio in 2002 Alexander Taylor has developed furniture and lighting for some of Europe’s leading design manufacturers such as Zanotta, Established & Sons and ClassiCon as well as for producers such as Thorsten van Elten, E&Y and Hitch Mylius. Alexander has also worked on private commissions, most noticeably for Alexander McQueen. In 2004 The ‘Antlers’ coat hook won the Elle Decoration ‘Home Accessory of the Year’ Award. The following year saw Alexander winning Elle Decoration ‘Young Designer of the Year’ and ‘Best in Lighting’ for the family of ‘Fold’ lamps. Late 2006 it was announced that The Museum of Modern Art, New York acquired the ‘Fold’ lamp for the permanent collection along with the Chicago Institute of Design. Whilst the ‘Butterfly’ table for Zanotta received the Chicago Athenaeum Museum: Good Design Award. Alexander has produced new work for renowned and highly respected design gallery, David Gill Galleries, launching new work in 2010/11 Design Art Miami/Basel. Whilst continuing to work on exciting projects from his studio in London Alexander has been invited to run workshops and lecture both in UK and internationally within the world’s most respected design institutions. Alexander currently consults for the sports brand Adidas, working directly with the performance design division.

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