ODE TO DELAUNAY 2019
Design: MOSHE SAFDIE
Designed by Architect, Moshe Safdie, Ode to Delaunay is inspired by French artist Robert Delaunay who co-founded the Orphism movement noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes.
Robert Delaunay’s colorful and formally experimental paintings were a unique fusion of early-20th-century European artistic trends. His best-known works centered on the visually and intellectually stimulating world of Belle Epoque Paris in which he and his wife, Sonia Delaunay (Terk), founded the movement. The style was distinguished by faceted compositions, vibrant color, and contemporary subject matter that together conveyed delight in the modern life and its technological innovations.
“The need for a new subject has inspired the poets, launching them onto a fresh path and bringing to their attention to poetry of la Tour (Eiffel tower), which communicates mysteriously with the whole world. Rays of light, waves of symphonic sounds. Factories, bridges, iron structures, airships, the numberless gyrations of aeroplanes, windows seen by crowd simultaneously.”
The Ode to Delaunay is made up of three colorful spinning discs revealing hours, minutes, and seconds through open holes cut into each disc. As they rotate, the composition of circular geometries constantly shifts in homage to Delaunay’s 1938 painting, Rythme n°1. Even at a quick glance, the mesmerizing movement of colors and shapes constantly work to ensure complete clarity within the design.
This playful timepiece is housed behind a glass lens; its colorful watch-dial framed like a painting beneath the black IP stainless steel case. Measuring 40mm in diameter and 9.5mm in thickness, the watch is available with a 20mm black leather band.
About Moshe Safdie
Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations.
A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Safdie graduated from McGill University. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture.
Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. His wide range of completed projects include cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; housing; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities. Safdie’s projects can be found in North and South America, and throughout Asia and the Middle East.
Safdie has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, and civil honors, including the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. Most recently, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Architecture for a career motivated by the social concerns of architecture and formal experimentation.
Landmark projects by Safdie include the National Gallery of Canada; Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore; Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex of the Sikh people in the Punjab, India; the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters on the Mall in Washington, DC; the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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