History Bits (they're easily digestible!)

November 3, 2009

2001 Space newAs the classic adage goes, “Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it,” which, in the world of art, design, and architecture could be a blessing or a curse.  Here’s your  history bit for today;  Oliver Morgue and his 1960’s “Djinn” series.  You may recognize the image above from the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  This series, featuring low seating heights and a stretched fabric over polyurethane foam and tubular steel frame, is indicative of the emerging popular interest in Eastern mysticism and the informal lifestyle of the times.
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One Response to “History Bits (they're easily digestible!)”

  1. Jeff Horning Says:

    Interesting… while Morgue’s pieces were viewed as progressive with respect to Kubrick’s vision of the future – that is to say, the future as it was projected to be eight years ago – the appealingly sterile environment that pervades 2001 is ultimately superseded by the unfortunately more apt vision of the future as represented by Blade Runner – with its mixture of technology and decay. More to the point, Morgue’s anthropomorphic designs suggest the human form as a template for morphing of organic to a techno-form – which echoes 2001’s tone. And while Morgue’s work has its place, it is not viewed as particularly progressive in terms of the current milieu.


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