These were the Days…

Thanks to their daughter, Paula, Robin & Lucienne Day (star designer couple whose input to the British Modern design is equivalent to what Charles & Ray Eames brought to the US) are in the limelight again. London-based design store twentytwentyone is hosting a selling exhibition of almost a hundred pieces of furniture and objects from Robin and Lucienne Day’s home. The designers, who spent 70 years living together (until Lucienne's death in 2010, followed a few months later by Robin Day's), collected or made each of those pieces, gathered and exhibited for the first time.

Asian Subconscious

Exhibited as part of Singapore Design Week, "Asian Subconscious" is a series of artworks by Singaporean graphic designers, curated by design studio Kult3D, in collaboration with Hong Kong-based store Kapok and furniture and product design range Industry+. Each designer, up-and-coming artist or well-known local talent, expressed their vision using images and icons from Asian architecture, typography, packaging and food to create their posters. Living far from Singapore? Don't worry, you can purchase these limited edition posters from Kult's online store.

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).

Happy Show

Connu pour ses illustrations conçues pour les Rolling Stones ou Lou Reed (ou le fait que, en année sabbatique, il a décliné l'offre de réaliser le poster officiel de la campagne d'Obama en 2007), le designer graphique Stefan Sagmeister mêle, dans son exploration des mystères du bonheur, typographie et images. Pour le Happy Show, Sagmeister (né en Autriche, il vit à New York) a réuni les données sociales fruit des recherches d'historiens, anthropologistes ou psychologues, pour contextualiser les maximes et règles variées liées, à tort ou à raison, à la quête incessante du bonheur. Known for his numerous artworks for the Rolling Stones or Lou Reed (or the fact that, on a sabbatical year, he declined the offer to design Obama's 2007 official campaign poster), graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister mixes typography & imagery to explore the mysteries of happiness. For the Happy Show, Austrian-born, New York-based Stefan Sagmeister has gathered the social data of psychologists, anthropologists or historians to contextualize the maxims and rules linked to the never-ending quest for happiness.

Form Us With Friends

Back from the Stockholm Design Week - and before I can find some time to give a complete review, a few pics of the Form Us With Love design studio 3rd "Friends" exhibition (unofficial pictures of the party to come!). A peine rentrée de la Stockholm Design Week - en attendant de trouver le temps de faire un compte rendu détaillé ici, quelques images de la 3e édition de l'exposition "Friends" du trio de designers Form Us With Love (les photos non officielles de la soirée suivront...).

Panorama de l’histoire du meuble : la collection Maciet aux Arts décoratifs

Si vous êtes avides de découvrir en images l'histoire du mobilier à travers les siècles, précipitez-vous du côté du palais du Louvre. C'est dans la bibliothèque du Musée des Arts décoratifs que se cache ce trésor. La collection Maciet (5 000 documents ornant les murs de la salle de lecture) est unique au monde, grâce à la passion et à la ténacité de son créateur. If you are eager to learn about the (illustrated) History of furniture designing throughout the centuries, you need to rush to the palais du Louvre. In the heart of Paris, the Musée des Arts décoratifs' library possesses a priceless, almost hidden treasure. The Maciet collection (5,000 in-folio albums that line the walls of the reading room) is a unique picture collection named after its creator.

La mode illustrée : René Gruau, rétrospective 1946-1984

A Londres, la Fashion Illustration Gallery rend hommage à René Gruau (1919-2004),  « plus grand illustrateur de mode du 20ème siècle ». Jusqu'au 4 décembre, on peut y admirer les illustrations faites par Gruau pour le magazine International Textiles de 1946 à 1984. Sa collaboration avec le couturier Christian Dior, dont il fut l'ami, le fit connaître dans le monde entier. Une autre exposition présentera dès novembre, à la Somerset House, les travaux de René Gruau pour Dior (plus d'illustrations ci-après). In London, Fashion Illustration Gallery is curating (until December 4th) an exhition of the work of René Gruau (1919-2004), the "20th Century’s greatest fashion illustrator". Working for his friend couturier Christian Dior made him internationally famous.The Fashion Illustration Gallery presents his work for International Textiles magazine, from 1946 to 1984, whereas an upcoming exhibition at Somerset House in November will showcase his specific illustrations for Dior (pictures after the jump).