What is Eye of God? What is the Mathias Table? Is there such a thing as DarkLight ? Gloria Cortina’s three one-off collectable pieces, designed and made specifically for Salon New York, are physically exquisite. But they were not designed simply to be beautiful. Their innovations of form, surface, and fine detail have unique aesthetic origins.
In one of the pieces, the source of the design is inspired by a key image in the ancient history of Mexico. In another, it relates to the significance of an emotionally significant number. And in the third case, the piece is designed to create a very particular kind of atmosphere. Thus, although each of the three pieces were superbly crafted over a period of months, and are absolutely functional, there is an aura of mystery to them. They are, in a sense, beautiful conceptual riddles.
Gloria Cortina’s ability to create these highly unusual collectable pieces reflects her profound interest in art, artists and cultural sources, and the outstanding talents she has developed as a leading international interior designer.
Her schemes for the homes and estates of major clients in the US and Latin America are characterised by highly original contemporary treatments of internal and external space, which are uniquely accented with innovative, but subtly expressed, articulations of historic Mexican cultural aesthetics.
Virtually every aspect of her interiors — furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, lighting — is designed by her, and made by her team of more than 30 superbly skilled craftspeople. Most of these products are effectively one-offs. But what clearly differentiates Gloria Cortina’s pieces for Salon New York is the fact that they embody much more intense distillations of the cultural and sensual content that has given them their forms.
The images and narratives in this catalogue begin to give some idea of the formal and strangely emotional power generated by this creative content. But, of course, the potent sensualities of Gloria Cortina’s Eye of God, Mathias Table, and DarkLight can only be truly expressed by the objects themselves.
Art Direction & Design / Aloof
Words / Jay Merrick
Photography / Michael Calderwood
Print / Push