The Chair and the Nobel Prize

Empty Noble Peace Price Chair - Missing the Winner
Found this photo at Global Grind. It shows Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Price committee, last week during the Nobel Prize giving ceremony. The empty chair next to him was reserved for Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese dissident as we say in the Western world, but a criminal according to the Chinese Government. He had won the 2010 Noble Prize for Peace….Hm, I see many people from China visit this blog. Would China now attempt to block this blog as well?

Amazing how a chair, an empty one, can become very political…

Ei-ichi Negishi autographing a chair
On a different note: It seems a good habit that Nobel Price laureates autograph the chairs in Kafé Satir at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. Here you see Ei-ichi Negishi autographing one…so to see a Thonet Chair… on 6 December 2010.

Letter Bench by Sam and Will Boex

Not better way to start a new week of posts here than with the Letter Bench of Sam and Will Boex, two brothers who together run a studio in Cornwall, UK. The bench was commissioned as a thank you letter for a hospital by a satisfied patient.

The inscription reads:

I would like you to know what a wonderful job all the members of the staff on that ward are doing.
They were kind, polite and caring. No job was too much for them to make my stay on the ward as comfortable as possible

According to Sam and Will “The idea is to reassure new patients about the experience they will have during their stay.”
A bench as a thank you letter is a real poetic thought. Don’t you agree?

Via Boex / 3D Creative Solutions and see their blog Letter Bench.

young design award adam’o eva : francesca perani enterprise

A very unusual but poetic Grave Bench:
Grave Bench 2

Actually it is not designed as a bench, but as tombstone, a grave monument. However, the design looks a lot like a bench and I like to copy it as an outdoor bench.

The grave. Sacred art or design? A unique piece of artwork was given special international recognition by honorary mention in the Adam’o Eva Creations International design price 2008 for young designers. The monument (a grave) stands out for being at the same time linear, sharp and sculptural. The aim is to interpret such a delicate design bringing the viewer’s attention to the dematerialization of the present style of monuments which frequently appear as platforms weighing down ascending bodies. Hence her desire to create elements that are no longer oppressive but ethereal, hinting at a possible future resurrection. Vertical sects of Sarnico stone rise as linear blades from the ground to create a sharply tridimensional structure. All this is softened by the spherical indentation that cuts its shape. A connection is thus created with the the deceased’s wife’s gravestone (represented by a large marble sphere), which, although not placed nearby, is willingly and strongly remembered. The work was produced by Paganessi Marmi, Vertova, Bergamo, Italy

young design award adam’o eva : francesca perani enterprise