From 31st March to 3rd April 2011 on the occasion of Art Paris, Benjamin Graindorge presents “hiddenSkin” with the design gallery YMER&MALTA, a seating unit with an infinite number of possibilities. A play on form, material, contrast and a priori aesthetics which resounds in a renewal of Benjamin Graindorge’s personal starting blocks.
Benjamin Graindorge proposes three pieces as part of the group exhibition “Marbre Poids Plume” at the galerie Ymer&Malta until the 15th March 2011. A refined and delicate, as recurrent as they are unwavering continuation of themes: floating objects; living objects; meditative objects determined by an ever more precise vocabulary today make Benjamin Graindorge a designer at the height of his development, this magical moment when formal maturity and creative excitement converge once again to their full extent. A very conclusive fleeting moment of hesitation.
The combinatorial Bloomingbless vase by Benjamin Graindorge for Cinna has been available since September in the French editor’s showrooms. A set of 3 pieces to compose that the designer aspired to be as simple and easy as possible, envisaged for a wide public with the Cinna standard of quality. “Bloomingbless is a vase to be composed like a bouquet, made from a play on transparency, it is not really known if there are 1, 2 or 3 objects. It is also a vase which offers life; it can hold small and large bouquets, where space and load can alternate, like calligraphy plays with spaces between the blank page and the ink.“
With “Domestic Ponds” at the galerie BSL, Duende Studio ends its cycle of research about domestic water features which began in 2008 with “Local River” in tandem with Mathieu Lehanneur. This cycle is the most vernacular part of a wider fascination for living objects in a literal sense, that is objects which use or manipulate living organisms, of which the exhibition “Eden ADN, genetic design” lay the basis in 2006 at the St Etienne Biennial. The aquarium, connected here to a purifying garden, is both the perfect metaphor of our human condition stuck in a frighteningly finite world and an object paradoxically judged as very has been, reserved for aficionados of aquatic maintenance. With these three new pieces conceived with Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan, “Domestic Ponds” therefore proposes a new aesthetic, practical and metaphorical vision of the aquarium from 17th September to 27th November 2010 at the galerie BSL.
At Galerie BSL from 17th September to 27th November 2010, Duende Studio is proposing ‘Domestic Ponds,’ a piece of work about the pond as a domestic water point, with three new pieces by Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan. ‘A liquid hollow, a matrix swarming with life, the pond is a true open air breeding spot, the antithesis of a vase or an aquarium’ for Anthony van den Bossche / Duende Studio. ‘The water, overflowing with nutrients, drawn from the bottom of the garden, irrigates as well as fertilises the vegetable garden.’ This practice is pushed to its limit with aquaponic agriculture allowing the symbiosis of fish and plants. The plants are nourished by the fish water full of nitrate-rich waste. The plants therefore play the role of natural filter by retaining the nitrates and assist in maintaining balanced water for the fish. Read the rest of this entry »
From 24 to 28 March 2010, Benjamin Graindorge will be presenting his ‘IkebanaMedulla’ vase with the YMER&MALTA gallery at the Pavillon des Arts et du Design 2010, along with two lamps. ‘IkebanaMedulla’ is a study in weightlessness, an in-line sketch made real, a tangible result of the designer’s six-month residence at the villa Kujoyama.
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Thanks to Constance Rubini, commissioner of the exhibition ‘Dessiner le design’ (Draw the design) at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, ‘Local River’ by Mathieu Lehanneur and ‘Floating Garden’ by Benjamin Graindorge are together at last. The projects are in tandem and both were designed with Anthony van den Bossche/Duende Studio, but slip-ups in programming made their launch dates separate, so such so that some people thought that one project was a copy of the other. The mistake is now rectified.
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“Floating Garden” by Benjamin Graindorge & Duende Studio wil be on show in the brand new Cité du Design in St Etienne (France) in the “Objet de design” exhibition curated by Sismo. New pics by Felipe Ribon for Floating Garden are now available.