The name and talent behind some of the most exclusive residential properties worldwide, architect, interior designer and artist, Irma Orenstein, has been selected to showcase her sculptural work at this year’s START Art Fair.
Orenstein’s Tel Aviv practice specialises in delivering narrative-based designs, adding value to high-end property developments with her meticulously designed furniture and architectural details, coupled with an innate knowledge of the luxury property market.
Placing high-end and tailor-made design at the forefront of every project, Orenstein’s experience in collaborating with some of the world’s most celebrated luxury interior brands and artisans has led her to create design pieces that include: furniture, accessories, and products. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be categorised into commissioned, gallery and limited-edition pieces.
Maia, an architectural piece crafted out of mirror polished stainless steel with a transparent colour coating, is a dynamic balancing sculpture by Orenstein and is part of the Maia series. Inspired by her fascination with the intricate detailing and symbolism of Fabergé’s Imperial Eggs (an icon of Imperial Russian culture), Maia symbolises the beginning of life and regeneration: reflecting Orenstein’s ethos as an artist and experience in harmonising art with the lived environment.
Maia is the result of a combination of technical solutions that enabled Orenstein to create interface connections in their cleanest form: leaving a pure and precise piece of art. A limited-edition design of 36, Maia has been selected to be part of START’s Special Projects by international art advisors Adi Porges-Israeli and Magdalena Wahid. The object will be on display at START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery, London from the 13th – 16th September 2018.
Although not physically present, also on display will be a presentation of Orenstein’s D’nami console. Like the Maia series, the console is made of polished stainless-steel cast with a transparent colour coating to give a high-shine and reflective finish. “The D’nami console was created with no reference to conservative furniture. The shape of the console is inspired by dance it stimulates the movement of fabric in space, following the spinning motion of a ballerina,” says Irma Orenstein. “The main challenge in this work was to create an object of impressive stature and stability, yet keep the piece light, free of support – which wasn’t an easy thing to do”.
Taking two years to make, the complex and fluid, ribbon-like D’nami console, that only connects with itself at one point, is the result of unique engineering progresses and perseverance. Inspired by the Bolshoi Theater, the console based on principles of precision, elegance, and tenderness, referencing the movements in ballet.
At the same time, Orenstein will be taking part in the London Design Biennale’s Emotional States – a showcase for some of the world’s leading and emerging designers and creators – as part of the Israeli Pavilion’s cultural events programme. In connection with the Israeli Pavilion’s overarching theme Exposed Nerves, Orenstein will be a presenting her talk Story of Layers, a theme that comes from her childhood in the USSR and is often reflected in her work including the Glass Sculptural Staircase, a bespoke design piece created specifically for a project in Tel Aviv. The completely glass staircase is composed of 220 layers of polished glass (6 tonnes) and is transparent with no visible support. The talk will reflect on her culturally blended upbringing and how the vivid memories from her childhood guide her work today.
Now located in Tel-Aviv, Orenstein was born in Georgia during the Soviet-era and immigrated with her family to Israel at the age of six. Over 30 years later, influences from her childhood are clearly reflected in her designs, capturing visual and emotional memories evocative of her experiences that combine Georgian, Russian and Israeli references.
It is the narrative from her upbringing that she intertwines into every architecture and interior design project, and is a common thread linking each. From modernist buildings in New York to luxury penthouses in Tel Aviv. Orenstein combines her architecture and artistic talent in creating an inspiring environment and unique living experience, specialising in prestigious apartments, penthouses, luxury buildings, and unique commercial projects.
Orenstein’s presence at the START Art Fair and London Design Biennale is a representation of her creative inspirations and are a testament to her original perspective and unequalled approach to luxury design.