Last month, Melbourne was graced by a special exhibition from Herman MillerTHEN X TEN: The Power of the Poster at fortyfive downstairs gallery space in Melbourne. "Simply designed to communicate a message, posters are all too frequently the tools of advertisers. But under the direction of a keen eye and talented hands, posters have the power to spark action, elicit emotion, and join the ranks of art."
Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to see the show in person: the celebration of the print format, featuring classic posters from the Herman Miller archives alongside ten newly commissioned works, was only on view from August 14–25.
Thankfully, our friends in Zeeland and Australia HQ Sydney have documented the exhibition quite thoroughly, with photos from the opening, including Creative Director (and Curator) Steve Frykholm's talk at RMIT, and a few installation shots, as well as images of the work.
Steve Frykholm (1986)
Kam Tang, whose work is pictured above, writes: "A departure from the padding of traditional office chairs, Aeron's Pellicle material was like a new dawn; I wanted to capture that in my design by taking the chair out of the office and transforming it into a landscape." Check out additional artist statements here.
John Massey (no date given)John Massey (no date given) Genevieve GaucklerGenevieve Gauckler Armin Hoffman (early 60's) Sanghon Kim Don Ervin (no date given) Felix Pfaffli
We're certainly hoping that this show hits the road and rolls through our own NYC. In the meantime, see and learn more about all of the artists who were invited to participate in THEN X TEN on Herman Miller's Discover blog.
See also: Italian Design Is Coming Home; Eye Sea Posters