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The Marvel of "20 FRENCH DESIGN ICONS"

When you have support from the embassy of France, you know that the exhibition is probably more than worthy of your time and attention. Proudly presented by NAFA and Alliance Francaise de Singapour, the travelling exhibition, “20 FRENCH DESIGN ICONS”, touches down in Singapore and is now ongoing at NAFA’s Lim Hak Tai gallery.

The exhibition celebrates the most iconic and greatest of French product design in the past 15 years. Several big names are showcased in the exhibition; featuring the works of the ever popular Mr. Philippe Starck, the late Le Corbusier, retro dandy Henry Manssonnet and many other design icons set to wet the pants of the design aficionado in you.

Unsure of where to begin thanks to the sheer overkill of awesome-ness? Fret not. ActuallyMAG picks three of the exhibits that we feel would be more than enough to tickle your fancy.

1) Lampadaire Trois Bras Serge Mouille

Lampadaire Trois Bras by Serge Mouille

This black metal floor lamp comprises of three aluminium reflectors painted glossy white inside. If the fragile looking structure may seem unsteady, the lamp is actually ingeniously well balanced. The breast-shaped reflectors are typical of Mouille’s work. His lamps take on various shapes inspired by nature.

2) Ribbon Chair Pierre Paulin

Ribbon Chair by Pierre Paulin

Honoured by the Chicago Design Award in 1969, the Ribbon Chair is a technological, formal and marketing innovation. It is – to this date – one of the most striking items of the 1960’s. Pierre Paulin, currently over 80, is still a celebrated name in the world and has had several of his creations re-issued today as a proof of his commercial, symbolic and cultural relevance over the decades – just another trait typical of all cult objects.

3) Canape Togo Michel Ducaroy

Canape Togo by Michel Ducaroy

The three-seater Canape Togo is entirely made of Dacron (a polyester fibre) and are devoid of any kind of frame. Upholstered in a quilted cover, the foam resembles according to some a twisted stove pipel, and according to others, a toothpaste tube or a giant caterpillar. Ducaroy takes advantage of the elasticity of the material to create a mass similar to a cocoon which literally sucks the fatigued user into its gentle curves.

Visit the free admission “20 French Design Icons” at the Lim Hak Tai gallery in NAFA’s Campus 1 from 11am – 7pm (Closed on Mondays), and it runs till the 20th of April 2011.

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