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Nomad Mobili - Happenings
NEWS, PRESS, HAPPENINGS & EVENTS
SACRED CRAFT SHOW
Riviera Magazine Feature - Shape It Up!

What happens when La Jolla's high-minded surfboard shapers switch mediums? The Sleekest furniture yet....If high-end furniture inspired by surf culture seems far-fetched, consider the source. Davis Saltman called on pals like Carl Ekstrom and Tim Bessell - both legendary surfers and shapers - to help him launch his new collection, Nomad Mobili, made from the same foam composites used for surfboards. But long before that, design was in Saltman's DNA...."Shapers have a different aesthetic: It's all form follows function. To us, a lot of furniture's looks archaic and clunky. With these composite materials, you have freedom to design". Read the full article in this month's issue of Rivieria on page 56 here.

 

SURFBOARD SHAPERS CHOSEN FOR EKSTROM TRIBUTE
SURFBOARD SHAPERS CHOSEN FOR EKSTROM TRIBUTE

Six shapers will design, shape and craft unique asymmetrical surfboards during the 'Tribute to the Masters Shape-off' honoring Carl Ekstrom and presented by US Blanks. The six shapers hand-picked by Ekstrom include defending champion Matt Biolos...read full article here.

The Surfers Journal
THE SURFER'S JOURNAL

Blank Expressions: Thirty Minutes with Carl Ekstrom, By Steve Pezman
Lately, I've been in business with David Saltman, designing furniture that incorporates a surfboard aesthetic. His father was Dean at UCSD. He grew up right above Black's - rides there all the time and he's really good. His wife is the head of CONNECT - putting entrepreneurs together with money. They're both heavily involved with the university because there's a lot of a lot of technical research there...Shapers really have something to contribute to the furniture industry. Furniture looks archaic to us. What they call a "surfboard" conference table actually exists, but it is just two convex sides with square ends. Why not nice rail-like edges? Do more with the cures; incorporate more of the surfboard aesthetic. I did surfboard rails for Callaway Golf when they wanted a conference table and some desk systems. You got to rout all those compound curves - and they usually don't do it - but surfboard edges edges have a real nice feel. There's something going on there that comes out of their function. Design arrived at for functional reasons ends up being pleasant to be around. Surfboard have progressive curves. Those shapes can be really pleasing in an interior where everything else is rectilinear...download a PDF of the full article.

SAN DIEGOS CRAFT REVOLUTION EXHIBIT
SAN DIEGO’S CRAFT REVOLUTION EXHIBIT - Nomad Mobili designer Carl Ekstrom featured in exhibit.

October 16th, 2011 through April 15th, 2012 - Mingei International Museum
This original exhibition documents a fascinating, inspiring and overlooked chapter of San Diego’s recent past: the important contribution of San Diego craftsmen from the postwar period beginning in the 1940s up through the 1970s. San Diego’s Craft Revolution – From Post-War Modern to California Design will explore the progression from sleek modernism to unconventional handmade objects of use such as furniture, doors, jewelry and ceramics. Over 60 artists will be featured in the show, including Toza and Ruth Radakovich, Carl Ekstrom...read more here.

SAN DIEGO’S CRAFT REVOLUTION BOOK – From Post-War Modern to California Design
SAN DIEGO’S CRAFT REVOLUTION BOOK – From Post-War Modern to California Design

Excerpt from book...”in 1967 Toza Radakovich was intrigued by the late Lynn Fayman's plastic-coated fabric doors. These triggered a new response and Toza asked their creator, Fayman's son-in-law Carl Ekstrom if the surfaces had to be flat. They didn't. So Toza carved a door of polyurethane foam, and Ekstrom, San Diego's best surfboard maker, tailored it with many layers of fiberglass. Toza gives credit for this first door - actually a double door, off white with a resi-cast insert of translucent amber - to Ekstrom...(The doors are a centerpiece of the Mingei exhibit.) At roughly the same time that the Radakovich/Ekstrom double doors were on display at California Design 10, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey went into Ekstrom's surf shop and bought two boards for a surf-themed film that Warhol was shooting...They shot footage of Warhol "superstarts" Viva, Taylor Mead and Ingrid Superstar, local actors and unidentified surfers. Ekstrom submitted pictures of a model for a "two-part portable chair" made from polyurethane foam to the jury selecting items for California Design 11,and "they thought it was a full scale chair." It was accepted, but the chair did not yet exist. "I had a week to make the chair," said Ekstrom. And he pulled it off in time. He received an award from the San Diego chapter of the A.I.A., that was giving to outstanding artists, craftsmen or designers in the San Diego County area.” (The chair is now part of the Nomad Mobili line - the Ekstro Chair.)...download a PDF of pages 104-108.

COUCH SURFING? SHAPERS LAUNCHING FURNITURE LINE
COUCH SURFING? SHAPERS LAUNCHING FURNITURE LINE

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 October, 2011 : - - Nomad Mobili features pieces by legendary surfboard shapers Carl Ekstrom, Tim Bessell and Ned McMahon. Ekstrom is being honored at the Sacred Craft Expo for his revolutionary asymmetrical surfboard designs. His 'Ekstro' chair and the entire Nomad Mobili line will debut at the Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds October 9-10. Ekstrom is currently featured in the Mingei International Museum for his collaboration with San Diego industrial designer Toza Radakovich. Nomad Mobili was founded by David Saltman, a 20-year pioneer of environmental technologies read full article here.

GREEN IS AMONG COMPANY'S COLORS
GREEN IS AMONG COMPANY'S COLORS

Solar energy startup offers aesthetics and innovation… Nomad Mobili Founder David Saltman and chief executive officer of Open Energy, of Del Mar is betting that consumers in the rapidly growing business of solar energy want choices right now. It's wagering, too, that color is one way to distinguish itself in the burgeoning business of providing solar-electric or photovoltaic roof tiles. In fact, the company is betting that a host of innovative wrinkles on renewable products can propel it from the money-bleeding startup stage to profitability over the next two years...read full article here.

GREEN IS AMONG COMPANY'S COLORS
DEL MAR: COMPANY FEATURES LEGENDARY SHAPERS

Nomad Mobili, a new green furniture company inspired by California mid-century design, features pieces by legendary surfboard shapers Carl Ekstrom, Tim Bessell and Ned McMahon. Ekstrom is being honored for his revolutionary asymmetrical surfboard designs at the Sacred Craft Expo Oct. 9-10 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. He also is featured in the Mingei International Museum for his collaboration with San Diego industrial designer Toza Radakovich. Nomad Mobili was founded by David Saltman, a 20-year pioneer of environmental technologies...read full article here.

GREEN IS AMONG COMPANY'S COLORS
NOMAD MOBILI FEATURED ON "WHERE IS THE COOL?"

David Saltman (former Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation) has gathered some of surfboard shaping’s greatest minds and developed an eco-friendly line of furniture that echoes their elegant form into a new medium. He calls it - Nomad Mobili. Durable, non-toxic and made from a soy-based polyurethane foam, these designs test the boundaries of style as well as sustainability...read full article here.

 

 

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