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Biomorphic Sculpture, 1970's, Switzerland. Courtesy of Rayon Roskar.

Biomorphic Sculpture, 1970’s, Switzerland.
Courtesy of Rayon Roskar.

Steel Sculpture, 1970's, Switzerland. Courtesy of Lost City Arts.

Steel Sculpture, 1970’s, Switzerland.
Courtesy of Lost City Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pair of sculptures shares the same creative principle in large exploring the form of abstraction. They are also from the same period, 1970’s, and the same region, Geneva, Switzerland.

However, the juxtaposition of the two sculptures reveals a very interesting visual language of opposites; while the Steel Sculpture poses a solid shape piercing the space, refusing any traces of human hand (in a way this is what humans do, removing the trace of hand-made but seeking for a machine-like perfection in the modern world), the Biomorphic sculpture is burgeoning from inside into an organoid shape, the abstract form originating from an observation of nature. The traces of carving proudly but present the hand of creation.

Biomorphic Sculpture (detail), 1970's, Switzerland. Courtesy of Rayon Roskar.

Biomorphic Sculpture (detail), 1970’s, Switzerland.
Courtesy of Rayon Roskar.

 

Interestingly enough, the seemingly aggressive Steel Sculpture embraces the void within whereas its biomorphic counterpart holds solid mass.

In this case of these two sculptures, the antithetical nature and yet the creative principle within in turn ties them into a bigger idea of artistic creation.

1brand

noun \ˈbrand\

: a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name

: a particular kind or type of something

: a mark that is burned into the skin of an animal (such as a cow) to show who owns the animal

The world seems crazy about brands or branding. Not to mention the craving for the “named” brands over “no name” brands in a market place, the notion of brand, or branding, is deeply penetrating into our daily life.

Art world is one of the places where the notion of brand plays a powerful role. People seem to feel more trusting when there is a name attached to an object. Of course it is understood and even forgiven when old stuff doesn’t have a name (of designer, creator, producer, etc.). But when it comes to a modern era certain information is expected, like who made this, how he/she made this, why he/she made this, and so on. However, in reality not all modern objects can have a clear label attached to them. Are they, if they don’t have name with them, not noteworthy or less noteworthy?

Many eminent people and their works are recorded in the history. In many cases, however, people invert this logic. In other words, if there is no name left in the history it is not important. This is the premise that I want to re-evaluate.
There were so many creative minds and still are. The creativity is smeared into all creation, in different level, whether the artist is known or unknown. And at some point all creators have their names. It just that we don’t know it now, or just yet.

So this venue, the Book of Anonymous Design, is dedicated to the objects of “no name brands” that are underrated, under-appreciated, and sometimes forgotten. Do you want the name of artist? Do you need a brand to appreciate the beauty? Here it is; these are by “nemo.”

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Despite the gloomy morning, I have gained this today’s finding! All you need is now a ticket to paradise. For more info, please check out our new Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rayon-Roskar/420579004697131

Bon voyage!!

Swiss debut!

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There is a saying in Korea that you might know 1000 mile path in the deep ocean but you never know what is coming to your path. As growing older, I realize it more and more in my life.
So here I am back to where I was standing 1 year ago. I never knew that I would come back to this place. As you can sense from the 4 months of absence on the online world, it’s been quite a journey both physically and mentally to settle in the new home.

Choosing Geneva might seem like an unlikely move for a vintage dealer. however, now that the name Eames has become an indicative of certain era and you can find a pair of diamond chairs by Harry Bertoia at $1500, it is a challenger for design savvy customers, not to mention the dealers, to find new items beyond the popular hype for overrated design icons. I believe I have found the potential in Geneva and we will see how it will span out.

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Gift for a baby

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This time of the year always tests my creativity. It is not easy to find a perfect gift; perfect for the occasion, perfect for the budget, perfect for the personality and perfect for the relationship I have with the recipient… So when I did find something “perfect,” I almost feel for patting on my shoulder myself. And I think I deserve it this time. 

A good friend of mine had a baby girl a few months ago. So I decided to give the baby her first Christmas present. Trying to look for a baby cloth, I made a tour in a fancy department store. It was a brave new world! There are so many cute things that I would love to buy all and also I cannot buy any. Panicking in the pile of baby cloths which cost almost same with the adults’ cloths (why!), an idea popped up: “I’m an antique dealer! Do something antique dealeresque!” So I looked through my inventory and found a small Iittala cup. It is one of the Niva series designed by the famous Finnish genius Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. The Niva series boasts its texture reminiscent of arctic iceberg. The cup measures around 5 cm high and 4 cm diameter. The baby may not be able to use it until she becomes 5, but I look forward to the day when she enjoys bourbon in this cup with aunty (then a nice old lady vintage dealer lol).

So go take a look around vintage stores, flea markets and etc. Something amazing may be waiting for you!