Free Play

Exhibition Website

May 21 2017 - Aug 20 2017

Free Play, an exhibition that brings contemporary furniture, architecture, artworks, and objects from an international selection of designers, architects, and artists to Santa Barbara.

Free Play centers around the idea of play as an influential actor in the design process, producing work which intimately reveals our drive toward novelty, upending traditional notions about the role of design in our lives. Each creator shares an alternate view of the world through objects which appropriate childhood motifs, employ satire, and generate form through chance. This sense of freedom results in works that are wonderfully illogical, whimsical, and poignant.

Free Play is a collection of objects and architecture which stand apart from the contemporary world’s increasing movement toward efficiency and automation. These works share daydreams, jokes and stories.

As design culture achieves wider popularity around the world, Free Play introduces a design exhibition that aims to initiate a dialogue around that blurred question of what comprises art in today’s day and age.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • International
  • Contemporary
  • Design
  • Maarten Baas
  • Nendo
  • Jimenez Lai
  • Katie Stout
  • and others

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