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  • Object of the Week : 100% Make-Up Vase

    Shiro Kuramata, 100% Make-Up Vase, 1990, designed for the 100% Make Up project by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi. Beginning in 1990, Alessandro Mendini spear headed a project in collaboration with Alessi called 100% Make Up – La Fabbrica Estetica. The idea was simple: to create a system of 100 vases, by 100 designers, each in…

  • Object of the week: La Bomba

    Helen von Boch, La Bomba, for Villeroy & Boch, c.1975, 45 cm, melamine. PICNIC BASKETS NOT BOMBS! How Helen von Boch’s La Bomba reveals the Nature, Nomadism, and Violence of the 1970s INTRODUCTION La Bomba is neat set of plates, cups, and cutlery stacked into a tube and strapped together to create a nifty, playful…

  • Object of the Week : Vase (diptyque : Tokyo – Kimono)

    Betty Woodman, Vase (diptyque : Tokyo – Kimono), glazed terracotta, produced by The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1990 In light of the recent death of Betty Woodman, two vases housed in the collections of the Musée des arts decoratifs that poetically symbolize and celebrate her career deserve attention. This diptyque of vases, Tokyo –…

  • Object of the Week: Clarice

    Niki de Saint-Phalle, Clarice (armchair), 1981-1982, painted polyester resin. Niki De Saint Phalle, An Artist, A Designer, A Woman, Or All? In the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, where different decorative objects, furniture, ceramics and many more pieces from several fields are exhibited, there is a room called, “Les assises du siège contemporain”. This room…

  • Object of the Week: Ron Arad, Pappardelle Chair, 1992

    Ron Arad, Pappardelle Chair, 1992, One-Off Ltd. Edition, woven stainless steel. This is not a chair : the designer star of bad design Designer and the Chair                The history of design is usually written from chairs, which is quite curious.[i] Perhaps this is simply because chairs are pieces of furniture…

  • Object of the Week: Robin Day, Polyprop Chair, 1962-63

    Robin Day, Polyprop Chair, 1962 – 1963, Injection Moulding Polypropylene, Steel Chrome Tube. From non-chair to chair: the Strange Case of the Polyprop Chair Your eyes, first of all, will look for a place to seat among a stream of people waiting for their flight. Your eye would skip over the grey carpet in the huge,…