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).
Eames Hang it all: Paint it red
Charles and Ray Eames started designing objects for children in the mid-1940s (Charles had a young daughter from his previous marriage): after plywood animals, building blocks and masks, they came up with the "Hang It All" in 1953. The iconic coat hanger, now a classic household staple, was designed by the Eames to encourage children to hang up their belongings themselves. Trouble is, you cannot admire it anymore when overloaded with clothes... Unless you buy the whole new "Hang It All" series from Vitra -in green, red or white, specially issued for Ray Eames' 100th birthday- and exhibit them as works of art on your walls (let's not discuss budget).
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".
Daphna Laurens & Raw Color, Cirkel Collection Graphics
Designer Daphna Laurens turned her Cirkel collection (circular-shaped mirrors and furniture that were partly inspired by the works of László Moholy-Nagy) into posters, with the help of fellow designers Raw Color. La designer Daphna Laurens a décliné sa collection Cirkel (miroirs et meubles aux formes circulaires, inspirés des oeuvres de László Moholy-Nagy) en posters, dont elle a confié la réalisation aux designers de Raw Color.
Khodi Feiz: “Design Is All About Appropriateness And Optimization”
Designer Khodi Feiz reacted to one of Sleek design readers' comment on the post dedicated to his Moment chair for OFFECCT. A lesson in design thinking, kindly taught by a skilled, much-awarded professional (a lecturer at the Eindhoven Design Academy or the Harvard Design School, no less!), and an enlightening contribution that deserved a post in its own right.
Ray par Davone, fils conceptuel des Eames et d’une paire de Wayfarer
Les Surréalistes définissaient leur esthétique par cette maxime empruntée à Lautréamont : "Beau comme la rencontre fortuite d'un parapluie et d'une machine à coudre sur une table de dissection". On se remémore la phrase devant les enceintes hi-fi Ray, du fabricant danois Davone. On reconnait dans leurs proportions les lignes subtilement renflées des verres de lunettes Ray-Ban, qui ont aussi inspiré leur nom. Mais face à leur caisse de noyer courbé et l'acier noir mat de leur pied, on devine le rejeton d'une radio Tivoli qui aurait fricoté avec une lounge chair des Eames… Absurde ? Chez Herman Miller, on a pourtant relevé l'air de famille. Eames, Ray-Ban, Tivoli… Epitome du "cool" et du style sans âge, donc - pour lequel on devra tout de même débourser 6 000 $.