Home Accents Today, Jul 1, 2012
There’s always something exciting going on in the design world, and right now is no exception. Both recent and upcoming events showcase the creative continuum of design – that of the past and of the future.
Pierre Frey is mounting an exhibition in its Paris showroom, featuring the work of illustrator and stage designer Jean-Denis Malcles. Beginning in 1941, Pierre Frey bought 20 of Malcles’s colorful and fantasy-filled drawings, which he then used to transform the concept of upholstery at Maison Pierre Frey. The exhibition, which runs from Sept. 7 to Dec. 15, marks the centenary of Malcles’s birth in 1912. Characterized by an innate sense of color, illusion and enchantment, the designs are as fresh, modern and relevant today as when they were first introduced.
The first BOFFO Show House took place recently in New York, an avant-garde environment exhibiting works from Jenny Holzer, Stark Carpet, Cappellini, Patricia Urquiola, Jamie Hayon, Poltrona Frau and Eduardo Garza, among others. Curated by Andrew Yes, the show house featured four unique spaces specialized for the themes of Work, Play, Nature and Future
An interesting parallel is at play in that the show house, created more than 70 years after Malcles’s prints, captures many of the same themes seen in the drawings – fantasy, color and illusion, as well as a dash of mystery and enchantment. The modern application may be different, but the creative elements of good design remain the same. -Tracy Bulla