French porcelain maker Bernardaud, in a collaboration with the Calder Foundation, has just launched a limited edition of 3000 sets of six porcelain dinner plates featuring mobiles by Alexander Calder for $550 per set. The plates feature six iconic mobiles created in the 1940s and 50s, such as 13 Spines, 1940, a noise-producing mobile with a cascade of projecting rods, and Painted Daisy in the Air, 1954, a masterpiece of spatial complexity.
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Photos of three large mobiles I designed, custom-made and installed last week in the atrium at the Marriott at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Virginia – via P3 Design Collective and Apple Hospitality REIT. Made of aluminum, each mobile weighs only 15 pounds / 7 kg, and each mobile measures 20 feet / 6 meters in diameter (the largest sheet metal shapes measure 5 feet / 1.5 m in length). Installation of all three mobiles took only 2 1/2 hours, including height adjustments. These are photos I took myself, professional photos should follow within a month or two.
Sorry for the lack of blog posts in the last two months, I’ve been too busy. Besides writing an article about mobiles for the interior decorating website Houzz, here are some of the projects that have been keeping me busy:
3 large (16ft/5.3m) custom mobiles for an atrium at a hotel. I will have photos of them once they’re installed on location [Update: photos of the mobiles installed at the atrium]. For now, here are the unpainted aluminum shapes ready to be assembled. The largest ones measure 5 ft / 1.5 m in length:
And a render courtesy of Studio 3877 Architecture:
Working on a proposal for a giant mobile (150 ft / 50 m) for an airport for, what could be, the largest mobile in the world. One part of the study:
- The one above I actually made in August -
Italian art magazine FAMO just published its new summer issue which includes an interview with me about my mobiles. It covers topics such as Alexander Calder‘s influence on my mobiles, how I got started making mobiles, the line between art and design when working with interior designers, and the collection of 3d printed mobiles.
I wrote an article for the new issue (Vol 40) of MAKE magazine titled Make a Modern Mobile – Swivels and a weight give flexibility and stability to this contemporary design. It explains how to make Mobile 78, a mobile based on Alexander Calder’s mid-century modern mobiles with a contemporary design element to it. It includes a list of all the tools and materials needed and goes through all the steps to make the parts and assemble them.
Also, see the page that I made on my website here that explains some of the basics about the balance of a hanging mobile and see my blog post about what wire to use to make a hanging mobile and where to buy it. I also have a blog post with some of the questions that I receive via email regarding how to make mobiles and my answers and see some of my mobiles – handmade mobiles, large custom-made mobiles, 3D printed mobiles and kinetic sculptures – if you’re looking for design ideas. I also have a page with a definition and a short history of mobiles.