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Laetitia Wolff & Wang Xu ed.

China Youth Press, 2001
160 pages
Full colour.
ISBN: 7500640870

Totem, New York's leading showcase for contemporary design, has teamed up with Surface Magazine and Bombay Sapphire to challenge the notion that good design and the meaning of 'modern' must necessarily be dictated by European designers and manufacturers. Coming straight from an off-site showing during the Salone Intenationale del Mobile in Milan 2000, G7, comprised of seven American upstarts, now present their latest work together for the second time during the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York.

G7 is a varied group of award-winning proteges and prodigies - including immigrants eager to chase the fusion of art and commerce in the United States. Visitors can see the biological theme in the works of Dutch-Chilean trio Once, the less-is-more ethos of San Francisco-based CCD, the savoir-faire-technological forms of French auto-didactic Pierre Bouguennec's Boum Design, the cool-headed approach of Prototype & Production, the science-fiction inspired, near-future geometric shapes of Worx, the reductionist and multi-functional furniture of Comma, and the utilitarian chic designs of Dinersan, Inc.

Totem's founder David Shearer believes that G7 represents the beginning of a true American design movement, the likes of which we haven't seen for the past thirty or forty years.


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