JCP Universe is an eclectic brand that aims to change the design status quo in a revolutionary way. The brainchild of a radical think tank held in Milan in 2015, JCP was conceived by architect Livio Ballabio and is orchestrated by CTRLZAK studio art direction. A fusion between art and design, the brand’s creations blend classic and contemporary style in a surprising new idiom that defies the norms.

Heritage 

Founder of JCP Universe, Livio Ballabio has been introduced to design by his tutor Raffaella Crespi, known as “the custodian of the Italian design”. An inspirational designer and architect with a degree in industrial design from the ‘Politecnico di Milano’ Livio is also the son of furniture makers. Grounded in this typical Italian know-how, Livio started experimenting and learning new skills through partnerships with the academic and manufacturing world (Cappellini International, Paola Navone and Rodolfo Dordoni to mention few).

 

Currently CEO and Creative Director of few iconic furniture companies he his working hand to hand with CTRLZAK studio challenging and disrupting the traditional norms of Italian design. Leading the artistic direction of JCP Universe, CTRLZAK brings to the brand its hybrid approach integrating different disciplines and cultures. CTRLZAK founders, Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos, are both artists and designers in their own right. The Italian-Greek duo’s creations are inspired by their travels and experiences around the world and by their own rich cultural backgrounds. The studio creates artworks, objects and spaces but– above all– situations and experiences where people can come together in order to make what really matters: human relations.

Craftmanship

Under the artistic direction of CTRLZAK, JCP Universe draws upon their extensive research into traditional know-how, heritage, cultural contextualisation and artistic expression. Experimenting with diverse methods of narration, CTRLZAK uses irony and symbolism to go beyond aesthetics and functionality, in order to activate mechanisms of reflection. JCP Universe is a brand that inhales the future and exhales the past; JCP Universe is a brand that uses design craftsmanship and know-how as a propellant to bring traditional design to science fictional future. Elevating functionality of design, JCP Universe creates cathartic experiences where objects are stargates to the future. Every piece evokes memories that overcome the sense of time. Design stories that make you reflect on their true meaning while giving life to creations of worlds unseen. JCP is an imaginative universe that transforms normality by encouraging to reflect on our own way of life, here on Earth.

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“The unique objects featured go beyond mere aesthetics, trends and common taste promising to transform everyday life”

 

 

Excellence

JCP Universe is home to excellence and cross-disciplinarity. While CTRLZAK’s creations have been selected by institutions like MOMA, the Louvre and the Venice Art Biennale, JCP Universe can boast some of the most daring names in the design scene. Like Nanda Vigo, a risk-taker pioneer of design vanguard and close friend of maverick artists of the likes of Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni. Architect, designer and artists her work has been revolving around the idea of the conflict/harmony between light and space. So it is her SUN-RA lighting system for JCP Universe, reminiscent of ancient Egypt symbolism. Italian young talent Matteo Cibic, on the other hand, brings his eclectic vision for anthropomorphic shapes and fantastic features to create a series of limited editions that can be easily imagined as the first interiors of our not-to-far-away life on Mars.

Uniqueness

JCP Universe transforms interiors into time-travelling machines, where time, space and light take the shapes of artefacts with distinct functionality. This is the case of Sam Baron’s PREFLECT set of bookshelves-cabinets where one can display unconventional objects to intensify their uniqueness. Influenced by the Middle Ages and Renaissance ‘gravures’ about perspectives and ideal spaces, the project combines geometry with optical illusion and depth of research. Thanks to the mirrored surfaces’ reverberation, any collectable item placed in it are multiplied. Made of a thin metal structure and starting from an imaginary perspective, the cabinet’s lines with a grained black finish evoke an architectural drawing where all the outlined surfaces are completely covered with super-mirror panels. Using JCP Universe’s new design language: “they need new mirrors more than they need strange new worlds, to find aliens”.

JCP Universe 是不拘一格, 以革命性的方式改变设计现状的品牌。JCP是由建筑师Livio Ballabio构思,并由CTRLZAK studio art direction策划于2015年在米兰举行的激进智库的创意结果。在艺术与设计之间,JCP品牌的创意融合了经典和现代风格,它用令人惊讶和全新的设计语言,颠覆传统的设计概念。

JCP Universe 的创始人 Livio Ballabio 是由他的导师,被称为“意大利设计的管理者”
的Raffaella Crespi 带入到设计领域的。Livio 毕业于Politecnico di Milano工业设计专业,是富有灵感的设计师和建筑师,也是家具制造商的儿子。在这种典型的意大利设计环境基础上,Livio开始通过与包括Cappellini International, Paola Navone和Rodolfo Dordoni等学术和制造领域的合作关系来尝试和学习新的技能。目前,他是几家具代表性家具公司的首席执行官和创意总监,他与 CTRLZAK studio 携手合作,挑战并打破传统意大利设计常规。CTRLZAK 以混合的不同学科和文化,领导着JCP的艺术方向。CTRLZAK的创始人、Katia Meneghini 和 Thanos Zakopoulos 两人都是艺术家和设计师。这对意大利-希腊设计组合的创作灵感来自于他们在世界各地的旅行和经历,以及他们丰富的文化背景。工作室不仅仅创造艺术作品、设计产品和空间,但更重要的是提供情景与经历,让人们聚集在一起完成真正重要的事情:人际关系。

艺技术

在CTRLZAK的艺术指导下,JCP Universe运用他们对传统知识、遗产、文化语境和艺术表达的广泛研究。通过尝试不同的表达方式,CTRLZAK用讽刺和象征手法,超越了美学和功能性,激活反思机制。JCP Universe是一个吸入未来,呼出过去的品牌; JCP Universe以设计工艺和专业知识为推动因素,将传统设计带入科学虚拟未来的品牌。JCP Universe 在提升设计功能的同时,也创造了一种宣泄的体验,其设计作品是通向未来之门。 每件作品都唤起穿越时光的记忆。设计的故事让你反思它们的真正意义,同时创造赋予那些无形的世界以生命。JCP是充满想象力的宇宙,它通过改变正常的状态,鼓励我们反思在地球上的生活方式。

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“这些独具特色的设计,超越美学、潮流和共同爱好,而且改变着我们的日常生活”

 

 

越杰出的品牌

JCP Universe 是卓越和跨学科的家园。当CTRLZAK的作品被MOMA现代艺术博物馆、卢浮宫和威尼斯双年展等机构选中时,JCP Universe已经拥有一些在设计领域里最大胆的名字。像设计界的冒险家Nanda Vigo,她也是包括Lucio Fontana、Enrico Castellani和Piero Manzoni这些艺术家的密友。作为建筑师,设计师和艺术家,她的作品一直围绕着光与空间的冲突/和谐。所以她为 JCP Universe 设计的 SUN-RA照明系统让人想起古埃及的象征。另一方面,意大利年轻才俊 Matteo Cibic 用他兼收并蓄的视线描绘了拟人化的外形和奇妙的特征创造的一系列的限量版作品,似乎是在我们第一个并不遥远的火星上的生命世界。

特设计

JCP Universe将内部空间转变为时光穿梭机,时间、空间和光线以独特的形状呈现出的功能。这是Sam Baron 设计的一套的PREFLECT书架橱柜,人们可以展示非常规物品,以增强其独特性。受中世纪和文艺复兴时期对透视和理想空间的“引力”影响,此项目将几何与视错觉和研究深度结合起来。由于镜面的反射效果,任何放置在上的收藏品都会倍增。橱柜由一层薄薄的金属结构组成,从想象的角度出发带有纹理的黑色的线条,让人想起建筑图画,所有的轮廓表面都被超级镜面板覆盖。借用JCP Universe的新设计语言:“他们需要新的镜子,而不是奇异的新世界,来寻找外星人”。​

JCP Universe, design objects from another galaxy - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier destination to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture and unique home decor
JCP Universe, design objects from another galaxy - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier destination to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture and unique home decor
JCP Universe, design objects from another galaxy - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier destination to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture and unique home decor
JCP Universe, design objects from another galaxy - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier destination to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture and unique home decor
JCP Universe, design objects from another galaxy - AFFLUENCY, Unique by Design - Asia's premier destination to discover and shop online for Luxury furniture and unique home decor

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