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  • seandodson 5:10 pm on June 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , furniture, , modernism, Pierre Jeanneret   

    Calling international rescue: the forgotten furniture of Changdigarh 

    chairTo London on Friday to attend the private view of a rather unusual exhibition revolving around the furniture of arch-modernists Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret created for the Indian city of Chandigarh. Situated in P3, an enormous subterranean gallery beneath the University of Westminster, the exhibition tells the story of the timely rescue of furniture from the city’s public buildings created by the two cousins in the 1960s. Chandigarh, the administrative capital of both the Punjab and Haryana, was India’s first planned city and is home to several architectural projects by the two great Swiss architects.

    The city is world renowned for its urban planning and building, but the pair also worked on the smaller details of public life, including many fine examples of modernist furniture. Over the years many of the original handmade pieces had fallen into disrepair and were being cast aside by the the city, or else being stolen and finding its way into foreign auction houses . Apparently the curators stumbled across several items being disposed of in the street and requested that they be allowed to save for posterity.

    It’s a great exhibition, fittingly housed in the university’s former concrete construction hall. The examples of furniture differ greatly from our expectations of what constitutes modernist design: handmade, vernacular and largely constructed of wood. No two pieces are identical.

    The hall also reconstructs a section of the city’s Palace of Justice, including a handsome spiral defendant’s dock. Much of the furniture on show is a reminder that we often fail to appreciate until we are threatened with its loss. Indeed, the Times of India has reported that now thathe t city’s heritage is being internationally recognised, the government has belatedly realised what’s been going on and issued an urgent directive instructing government departments “not sell or dispose of any heritage furniture to any person or agency.”

    The Furniture of Chandigarh – Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, June 20 to July 12
    P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London Nw1 5LS
    +44 (0)20 7911 5876

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  • seandodson 11:45 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , eric tan, , , , indiana jones, marvel, modernism, , , stan lee, ufa, x-men   

    Meet Eric Tan, new movie poster boy captures the classicism of the past 

    A bit of visual candy: Disney designer Eric Tan makes posters for new films in the old style. Taking inspiration from the work of the artists of the German UFA studios of the 1920s, Tan’s posters are used within Hollywood (The X-Men poster was produced for Stan Lee’s birthday), but have yet to be given a full theatrical release.

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  • seandodson 11:14 am on June 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Buckmaster Fuller, , , interior, modernism, postage, ray and charles eames,   

    Charles and Ray Eames: US postal service delivers a set of stylish stamps 

    The US postal service has just released a set of 16 stampsto celebrate the work of US designers Charles and Ray Eames, who celebrate their centennial this year. Although many studios love to be commissioned to design stamps, few get stamps dedicated to them, let alone a series of 16. A recent one celebrating Buckmaster Fuller is a notable exception.

    • eames chair 9:26 pm on June 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      They are beautiful stamps and it’s nice to see the USPS honoring them. I wonder if these are the first Eames stamps in the world?

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