Young talents by Marset
A project by Robin Stein & Sonia Rentsch with the Bicoca lamp
Interview by Emmy Koski
Always close to nature, set designer Sonia Rentsch and photographer Robin Stein set off to develop a new vision for Marset’s colourful Bicoca. Bicoca is designed to accompany you wherever you go, adding comfort and cheer to your daily life. A portable lamp designed by Christophe Mathieu, it projects an intimate light that brings immediate warmth to any personal space. Driven by the optimism of brightening life that the Bicoca embodies, Sonia and Robin create a contemporary nature morte, combining nature with manufactured materials in a joyful, textural celebration of this little light.
“Robin and I are engaged in a real-world experience with the subject matter, picking it up, moving it around, looking at it in real time.”
“All things can create inspiration unexpectedly. I find inspiration from browsing and digging – I go to a lot of salvaged building supply stores looking for props, surfaces and materials for shoots.”
“A dash of adrenalin, a ton of flowers, some real, some not, Robin’s rocks and two artists.”
Sonia is an Art Director and Still Life Artist with a keen eye for detail and a talent for the idiosyncratic. She spent her childhood growing up in the sandstone mountains of the Australian Grampians, jumping fences, swimming in dams and dirt bike riding around the roads near her family home – on the side of an extinct volcano. After studying Industrial Design in Melbourne, and 10 years working as an industrial designer, she found her niche cutting her teeth on still life in Berlin. Sonia is inspired by the intangible beauty of life. Her finely honed attention to detail, colour, texture and form have earned her commissions for a diverse range of brands and titles.
Robin is a New York based photographer producing editorial, commercial and documentary photography and video. Born in Los Angeles, Robin was exposed to a vibrant art world at a young age, and before long he was making art himself. He started doing photography at 14, as well as producing zines, posters, music videos, and curating small exhibitions. Along the way, he has established a bold personal style, playing with depth and colour to create images that resist conventionality. His still life shots are textured and dynamic, experimenting with angle, perspective and space.