Sunday, December 9, 2012

More Than Just a Place to Sit

An exhibition of new objects by Marlon Darbeau

11 to 15 December at Granderson Lab (a project of Alice Yard), 24 Erthig Road, Belmont

Designer Marlon Darbeau will show his Peera for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago, along with other new design objects, at Granderson Lab in Belmont. First shown in the Global Africa Project exhibition (2010) at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Peera is a reinterpretation of a familiar and ubiquitous little bench. Usually made by their users and constructed out of wood, peerahs are used for sitting on, and as a step up to reach items on a shelf. Says Darbeau, “I remember seeing my father sitting on a peerah while polishing his shoes or while painting the mailboxes he made. To this day he still has two of them.” 

Combining aluminium and cedar, Darbeau’s Peera is a contemporary and beautifully designed interpretation of a very mundane object. Writing on the Interior Design blog, one critic commented: “It is wonderful to see such forward-thinking design coming from parts of the world that the design world traditionally glazes over; Darbeau’s work is locally inspired, locally functional, and beautifully combines smart design aesthetics with local resources.”

More Than Just a Place to Sit: An Exhibition of New Objects by Marlon Darbeau opens on Tuesday 11 December, 2012, 7 to 9 pm, and continues from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 December, 11 am to 6 pm daily, at Granderson Lab, 24 Erthig Road, Belmont.

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