Design Life Now
by Harry / December 5, 2006


Here are the photos of Tobias Wong's installation for the Design Life Now exhibition; the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial 2006. "The third Triennial brings together the experimental designs and emerging ideas—including animation, new media, and fashion, robotics, architecture, product, medical, and graphic design—at the center of American culture from 2003 to 2006.". Tobias' work is a multi-part installation with the chandelier as the centerpiece. A large traditional crystal chandelier that's lowered to eye level and surrounded by an equally large lamp shade, the idea is to create a more intimate space with something that's normally very public. Sitting at the table you're part of the crystal that surrounds you above and then below in the reflection off of the tabletop. Away from the table bits of light appear through the lampshade like a constellation of stars. There's a subtext in the choice of table and chairs underneath the light, a nod to mid-century designers with pieces inspired by Eames & co. but of today by Tom Dixon (that's his Wire Series chair after the jump).

+ cooperhewitt.org



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The chandelier reflected in the table below.


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Tom Dixon's Wire Series chair in the foreground.


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