We’ve been following the work of Venetian design studio YALI for a few years now (see: New Directions: 18 Design Trends for 2018). Founded in 2008 by Marie-Rose Kahane, YALI produces an ever-growing collection of artfully refined glassware, all handcrafted by the maestros of Murano, Venice, using techniques that date back to the 13th century. Recently, YALI has expanded their offerings to include ceramics as well as pieces in wood.
Their latest project is the inaugural installation of FREE, an immersive storefront exhibition space in the heart of Venice, developed in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero (CHH). The installation displays new designs in glass, metal, and wood by YALI, all within a lush and otherworldly environment conceived by CHH and featuring the firm’s signature wall drawings. YALI explains that FREE is a “miniature universe, where the relationship between the natural state of materials and their hand-wrought forms is as slippery as the boundaries of the space are legible.”