Charles & Ray Eames in Singapore: Essential Eames

Charles & Ray Eames: Of course you know their designs by heart - they're absolute design royalty, so to speak. And you wonder if this exhibition - held at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands until January - is worth visiting? "Essential Eames" ("A Herman Miller exhibition", says the baseline, leaving but few doubts about the promotional aspect of the event) was set up with the help of the designers' grandson, Eames Demetrios. And it shows (or so I liked to think) in the intimate dimension of the exhibition; a wide array of photographs, an almost too-sweet-to-be-true proposal letter from Charles Eames, a design professor at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, to Miss Bernice (AKA "Ray") Kaiser, a glamorous shot of Charles Eames - a James Bond look-alike - and Eero Saarinen in tuxedos (1940) are among the highlights. How they et & matched, their design process, the objects, the houses (real ones, and of cards), the propaganda "Glimpses of America" movie... Yes, everything is to be found here. Somehow, though, haven't we already seen and heard a bit too much? No real surprise there. What would have been really exciting? A "cross-exhibition" with their British alter egos, Robin & Lucienne Day. THAT would be something (sigh... but check the pictures after the jump anyway).

Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam tricote son aire de jeux

L'artiste et designer japonaise Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam (basée au Canada, internationalement connue pour son travail artistique des fibres textiles) a entièrement réalisé au crochet une aire de jeux pour les jeunes enfants de la ville de Sapporo. Japanese artist and designer Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam (Canada-based, she is a world-renown fibre artist) knitted a whole playground for the young children of Sapporo.

Kyle Fleet, Private Rocker for Herman Miller

Besoin de calme ? Private Rocker, fruit de la collaboration entre le designer Kyle Fleet et la compagnie Herman Miller, est un rocking chair offrant "une intimité visuelle et acoustique, dans une variété de positions délassantes". In need of some privacy, anyone? Have a look at the Private Rocker, a rocking chair designed by Kyle Fleet for Herman Miller,that "affords visual and acoustic privacy for a variety of restful postures".

Ceci n’est pas un tabouret…

... ni, stricto sensu, une table d'appoint : cet objet hybride réunit en fait les deux fonctions. L'assise capitonnée (recto) ou le plateau (verso) viennent tour à tour s'enclencher sur la plateforme surmontant le piètement d'acier.