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Dark Cities: Paris Daniele Cametti Aspri

"When we go into a dark place from a bright one we live a kind of disorientation, our eyes struggle for the first minutes to get used to the dark.
With every passing minute, slowly, thanks to the residual light that filters under a door, or maybe from a street lamp far away, reality begins to take a different shape. The dim light rests on the surrounding structures by drawing a game of achromatic surfaces, painting more or less intense shades of dark gray that almost reach the black. This first trip in the dark urban starts from Paris, the City of Lights. Which better place to start capture the dark side?”

This whimsical elephant is formed from bent plywood—a material and a process that helped turn American designers Charles and Ray Eames into icons at home and abroad. See their cross-Atlantic impact in “Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication: A European Project with American Roots" at the Perelman Building.

Elephant, designed 1945, by Charles and Ray Eames
(Photographer: Marc Eggimann, © Vitra)