A sculptural magazine rack by famed architect and designer Ezri Tarazi.
Originally commissioned in 2009 by the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the rack was on display as part of the museum's "Design for a Living World" exhibit in New York City prior to a national tour of the exhibition, organized by The Nature Conservancy. Co-curated by renowned graphic designer Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, the exhibition commissioned 10 designers from the fields of fashion, product, and industrial design to work with a sustainably grown and harvested material from endangered eco-systems around the world. Other participating designers included Yves Béhar, Kate Spade, Stephen Burks, Hella Jongerius, Maya Lin, Christien Meindertsma, Isaac Mizrahi, Ted Muehling, as well as Abbot Miller.
Tarazi designed a series of furniture constructed out of mature Anji Zhou Mao bamboo stalks he selected from China’s Yunnan Province. Bamboo generates more oxygen than trees and absorbs large amounts of carbon while it provides humans a wide range of uses. The totem like structures were designed to be fully functional while creating the experience of a domestic forest within an urban setting.
92" x 5 1/2" dia.
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