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The spirit of the age


In 2011, Italian designer Michele de Lucchi (b. 1951) reflected in an interview, “design is truly a kind of witness to history. Design documents the spirit of the age.” [1]  His 1981 drawing of Two Designs for Tables (and Three Designs for Tables) is an example of how design records its historical and cultural context, and reflects the nature of that time.
Michele de Lucchi, furniture design, table, drawing, Postmodernism, Memphis, Studio Alchimia

Finding animals in furniture


I love to try to “read” an object. Looking at the Elephant Trunk Table (Elefantenruesseltisch in German), it is easy to see why it was so named. What is less clear is why this design came into being. The table’s eight legs, which might suggest an octopus, look like elephant trunks. They also suggest the S-shaped cabriole legs found on tables and chairs starting in the first half of the 18th century, such as in this chair, also part of the Museum's collection:
elephant trunk, table, furniture

Paris: Buzzing with Design


With the Pavilion des Arts et Design at the Tuileries last week, Paris was buzzing with design.
paris, France, Pavilion des Arts et Design, PAD, Paris Art and Design, Tuileries, Kartell, windows, quotes, comments, Merci, store, Bonpoint, Marie-France Cohen, Bernard Cohen, Patrick Seguin, gallery, l'Institut du Monde Arabe, Arab World Institute, Jean Nouvel, Pierre Chardin, mosaic, table, Hella Jongerius, Ronan Bouroullec, Erwan Bouroullec, brothers, Galerie Kreo