Naked Shapes

Domaine de Boisbuchet
Les Formes Nues - Naked Shapes 25/06 - 09/10/11, Domaine de Boisbuchet

I don’t usually post about design here, but in this case I can’t resist. The exhibition Naked Shapes opens June 25 at Domaine de Boisbuchet, a country estate in the Southwest of France that is renowned as an international site of experimentation in design and architecture.

Below is the description that caught my attention, not to mention the simplicity and beauty of the pieces on view. Due to necessity and scarcity, these everyday objects are so efficiently formed, that they are symbolic and iconic. So simple, beautiful and elegant, perhaps even close to some kind of perfection.

“Naked Shapes focuses on the period during and after the Second World War, when there was a severe shortage of materials in Japan. One of the few metals that could be easily recycled was scrap aluminum from U.S. combat planes. The Japanese turned this into various household goods such as kettles, hot water bottles, chairs, baby rattles and more. Most of these objects were produced in small local factories and by individual artisans: industrial designers did not exist. These goods were produced out of necessity, which kept their design to a minimum.”

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