Sunday, January 31, 2010

Paris: Maison et Objet - Transcultures

 Maison et Objet – Transcultures.  Transcultures, a small exhibition of objects chosen by Elizabeth Leriche, which explores new geographies in which sharing differences enriches creation. Design and artisan work are abolishing the borders between nearby and faraway…
Cordula Kehrer – Bow Bins.  Combination of recycled waste plastic bins and traditional handicraft basket making done all over the world of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Bow Bins are produced by German designer, Cordula Kehrer, with plastic bins collected and repaired using wicker, rush, bamboo or cane.  Each waste plastic bin combines old and new artificial and natural material in a refreshing new and artful way.

Philippe Bestenheider – Binta. The Binta chair is designed by Philippe Bestenheider for Moroso, with its sculptural form, it is inspired by Africa. As imposing as a baobab, it is upholstered in a wax print: a traditional fabric worn by African women.
Note. In the background, colored textile bands create a unique pattern, which recalls the Kente fabrics from Ghana.

Paola Navone – Lizard.  The small table, Lizard designed by Italian design superstar, Paola Navone is part of the Black and White collection for Baxter, with an African inspiration.  It is a teeming reservoir of patterns, tribal motifs, ideas and energy that illustrate a rich and precious iconographic and cultural heritage from which Paola draws her inspiration.

Tom Dixon – Beat. The Beat lamps designed by Tom Dixon require excellence in craftsmanship.  Brass is hand-hammered through a traditional technique used by Indian master artisans.  Behind each chandelier, you can feel the hand of the artisan, the gesture of the person who produced it.  Its form is inspired by the vases that Indians carry on their heads to get water.
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