How to Undress in Front of Your Husband…

July 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Posted in itchy backside | 1 Comment
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Haha….so Itchyfingers finally got your attention? 😀 ?

Until Itchyfingers wrote this post, I didn’t know there was a 1937 movie with the same title. :p

Ok, back to the topic… :p This naughty line was on the flyer for the recent exhibition for Verner Panton: The Collected Works at the National Museum of Singapore. 😀

Well, Itchyfingers have to admit we have not heard about the Danish designer and architect prior visiting the exhibition. But I am very sure that after your visit, you would definitely find many of his work very familiar, because they are such classic pieces that many have survived the test of time and have even inspired later modifications that we see now in the market.

Verner Panton (1926 – 1998) was one of the most innovative and forward-looking designers of the 20th century, being the first to create inflatable furniture. He experimented with new materials and industrial production techniques. Inspired by plastic buckets stacked neatly on top of one another, he produced the first cantilevered chair to be made from a single piece of plastic. The result – the Panton Chair. When the sleek and sexy Panton Chair was finally unveiled in a Danish design journal in 1967, it caused a sensation. In 1970, it appeared in the fashion shoot for a British fashion magazine, entitled, “How to undress in front of your husband.” 8)

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Cheeky line for this photo shoot with the Panton Chair

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A closer look… :p

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The Panton Chairs in various cheerful hues…

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The underside…

When we first entered the gallery, we saw rows of interesting and modern looking chairs…

fan
I thought this looked like a fan… 😀

gramophone
..until I read the sign and looked at the side…Does it look like a gramophone?
Well, this is called the
Trumpet Chair! Unfortunately this was never put in
production…

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A 1958 K1 Cone Chair

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This is the Peacock Chair…I thought it looked like a flower too! 😀

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The 1959 Heart-shaped Cone Chair!

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The “Phantasy Landscape,” a foam rubber room of womb-like organic shapes.
Too bad it was closed for public when we were there. Not complaining
since it was part of the free museum entrance…

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I am quite sure I saw a similar chair made from corrugated boards of the
same shape as this one on some design magazines! Could the designer
be inspired by this one done by Panton decades back?

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These are the Flying Chairs
! Conventional seating was boring to Panton
so he came up with this great concept of space ship that float through space.
Imagine this was in 1964!  The mirrored sculpture behind is based on Panton’s
original 1965 design. Too bad visitors were not allowed to try out the seats! :p

Besides the many chairs, there were many beautiful lamps…we were surprised that photography (without flash) was allowed… :p

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From this simple mushroom-like lamp named Pantella made in 1971

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To this 1960’s Moon Pendant, Visor
, where 10 adjustable white rings were
suspended by a metal bar in the center – one of the earliest productions
from Panton resembling the different phases of the Moon…

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The 1964 hand-made Fun Lamp
used disc made out of Mother of Pearl Shells

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Forgot the name of this piece, we liked it initially…but…

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Now looking up at this lamp from ground level reminded me a lot of the
big and bright lights shining down at me in the operating room during
my recent day-surgery, before I was being knocked out completely by
anesthesia….Eeeeeeek!! Only difference was this being a warmer glow….

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The 1977 Panto Pendant
….cool!

On show were also many of Panton’s pattern and textile designs, which were often applied onto his interior design, creating a highly sensorial atmosphere…

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I really like the mood created by these beautiful lamps…

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Geometrical patterns…

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..as seen on this wall of lights…

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Photo of one of Panton’s interior designs…stunning!

Itchyfingers came ignorant without any notion of this great designer, but we left totally blown away by his bold, brilliant and innovative creation! Indeed one of the greatest designers of his time, and certainly far beyond! 🙂

Also see related posts:
> Night at the Museum – Night Festival 2009
> An Unbroken Line – The Wu GuanZhong Donation Collection

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Night at the Museum – Night Festival 2009

July 24, 2009 at 9:49 am | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers were at the museum for the Night Festival two weeks ago to catch the display of pyrotechnics and acrobatics performance by the German Arts Troupe, Action Theatre PAN.OPTIKUM.

I went earlier to enjoy the free entrances to the History Museum and the Art Museum while waiting for Tisu Boy to knock off from work…Wanted to check out the new art installation around the museum. The first thing that caught every visitors’ attention was this one…

love-tank
Titled, “Love Tank (The Temple)“, this was ‘modelled after the M1 Abrams
tanks
that were deployed in Operation Desert Storm‘, according to the museum’s
leaflet. The tower of seven tanks is ‘ultimately a meditation through art, a
prayer to transform a weapon of violence and destruction into an object of
beauty, purity and peace’

Wow….very deep lehItchyfingers just found the crashing idea of a war machine and pink lotus intriguing….hahah…no wonder I can’t write a good creative rationale…hahah… 😀

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The entire work towered almost 8 metres high…notice the heart-shaped
barrel openings? How nice if it is love that the explosive machine fires…
no wonder they say: ‘make love, not war’…hahahah….
😀

Walking further in, light shone through a long row of glasses specially arranged to depict a city of its own…

crystal-city
The Crystal City” created an illusion of a glass city using ordinary everyday
objects as crystal bottles, jars, cups, bowls and decanters

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The installation was as long as the escalator…

I remembered seeing some more installation on the papers and confirmed that from the museum’s festival guide…and then I found them outside the other end of the museum.

tree
The Tree” is a ‘reconstruction of a series of interlocking frames with lights
that pulsate gently in the night. Hanging microphones simulating that of
aerial roots will also detect environmental sounds and alter the lighting nature
of The Tree – glowing intensely and dimming down with the rising and
falling sound levels.’ So there were a few visitors clapping, stomping or shouting
into the microphones to see the tree glow…

beginning
The Beginningis a ‘stainless steel sculpture with LED lights; the spiral
form of which resembles a massive DNA model glowing in the night

At around 10pm, there were already many people in front of the museum waiting for the performance name Loop of Fortune. Although we were standing quite close to the museum where they had laid the props, we were also partially blocked by a tentage. Couldn’t move any nearer…

10.30pm. The show was still not on..but there were already performers positioning themselves on the gigantic wheel. Anticipation….

10.40pm. Over across the road at the Singapore Management University (SMU), something seemed to be happening. Oh, only now then we realised the show was supposed to start at SMU before crossing over to the museum. I thought it was interesting but wished that some sort of big screen could be put up so at least we could see what was happening over the other side and vice versa when they cross over here.

We did catch glimpses of the performers with drums and fire through the gaps between the human wall in front of us.

Then….

flame
Flames flew towards the museum from somewhere which we couldn’t see
properly…I heard someone saying, ‘terrorists’ attack’ jokingly….
😀

Then another performer climbed onto the wheel…

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and the museum was given fresh coats of light projection….

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The museum facade transformed into huge canvas….

The performer started singing while running….

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Looked like guinea pigs running in the wheel right? 😀

I couldn’t hear properly what she was singing but everyone was dazzled and mesmerized by colourful projection on the museum facade…

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as well as the fire display…

wheel
Sparkling! 😀

fireworks
To everyone’s delight, the fireworks were indeed a visual treat! Too bad
we were too close to take in all on our camera…ya…we were too close!
Someone behind us also exclaimed it was better than National Day
Fireworks….haha…we could even feel falling ashes from the fireworks!

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Beautiful…

spark
All this while with the fireworks display, the four performers on the wheels
were still hanging there doing their stuns as if living in their own world…

The performance, according to media reports, was supposed to tell the story of a man’s trials and tribulation in a travelling performance that includes acrobatics, acting, song and fireworks. Er…but after watching the performance, I really couldn’t see any story leh…I felt that the acrobats and fireworks were not very interactive and either performance could stand on their own…But just to be fair, we were also not in the best spot to take in all that was happening. So we decided to come back the following night to take some better pictures.

Unfortunately, the next night when we visited the museum again, it started pouring at around 8 plus.

dance
We only managed to catch some dance performance at SMU before it started
to pour…

The second night of the Loop of Fortune performance had to be postpone to 11pm, which we didn’t stay for since it was still drizzling around 10plus. But we did have a fun time re-visiting the museums, which Itchyfingers will write about in our next post!

Also see related post:
> An Unbroken Line – The Wu GuanZhong Donation Collection

Black and White

July 19, 2009 at 11:14 am | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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After seeing the nice black-and-white bungalow along Bury Road, Itchyfingers felt an unbearable itch to explore further in… 8) And my goodness…it was such a vast difference…The bungalows inside were bigger, nicer and some of them even have big garden…!

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Wow..such big house…Gosh…life’s unfair isn’t it?

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Everything was in black and white…how nice if there were black tiles for
the roof…Perhaps the letterbox should change into a black one too.. :p

york
I think I prefer the old road sign… :p

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Most black-and-white houses were surrounded by big and beautiful trees…

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This house sat behind fences, separated from the small road by a patch of
green…

And at the fringe of the field, we were delighted to find these…

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Unique-looking mushrooms!

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Some houses had garden so big that you need to drive a distance in…this one
was still considered modest size…those with huge garden were simply out of
reach for us to take photos…wonder why some houses left the gate wide open?

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Most of the time we could only steal a peek through the fences…

We followed the road which led us to a lone black-and-white house with no gate. Wow…private road leh. From far, I saw something green on the roadside and thought it was a tombstone! It was only when we walked closer that we realised what it was. :p

buddha
A reclining buddha stone statue amongst the patch of greenery that served
as a private front yard for the house. The house had a few more buddha
statues but since it was so open with no gate, we din want to intrude
further into the private property to take photos..especially when we
weren’t sure if there were dogs or not…

bw
I forgot what this house was used for…probably some playhouse…?
We went up to check it out only to find the stairs leading to the upper
floor locked 😮

lost
Anyone has news about Louie?

flower
We saw a roadside tree blooming with yellow flowers and went up to take
this…dunnu what tree was it…?

We also chanced upon a lot of huge fruit pods, almost as big as 15cm long, on the ground. Curious, we took many pictures of the pods as well as a record shot of the tree itself. Back home, I flipped through my dunu-when-was-the-last-time-I-flipped-through A Guide to the Wayside Trees of Singapore, and was pleasantly surprised to find an exact match to the pods we took on the very last page. 😀

west-indian-locust-tree
So this is the West Indian Locust Tree, Hymenaea courbaril. According to
the book, this is a ‘tree from the jungle of tropical America, brought into
Singapore in 1875’ and ‘very few trees are left growing in Singapore’

Wow! So a rare find from Itchyfingers! 😀 One of these West Indian Locust Trees in Istana was even named a Heritage Tree! 😀

So back to the pod. From this website, I found it has a very interesting name…

pod
The Stinking Toe! 😀 Hmmm…they do look a bit like the big toes! 😀

The site said, “the term stinking toe refers to the large seedpod of the West Indian Locust, Hymenaea courbaril, commonly called the stinking toe or old man’s toe tree, one of the largest trees in the Caribbean. The seedpods look like big fat toes and the mealy pulp around the seeds, although foul smelling, is edible.”

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Moving on, we saw some houses with little huts…probably built for the
children…

hut
And then we found yet another house with a little hut…

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We went up for a close up picture…

1933
1933…was that the year this black-and-white house was built? Then what
did the ‘C’ stand for? Or could this be the old unit number?

Before we could take more pictures, we were ‘greeted’ by loud and ferocious doggies’ barking…

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These two doggies ran out from the house and barked fiercely at Tisu Boy,
who got too close…Knowing that they could not jump outta the fence,
Tisu Boy kept teasing them…very naughty!

But we quickly retreated before they got too mad at us or before the owner started to shout at us… :p

warning
One house had this warning sign at the road side, a distance from its gate…
I supposed the doggies were especially bad-tempered?
:p

doggies
These two doggies also dashed out of the house to bark at us even when we
were just walking along the road a distance away from their house…but
they stopped when we smiled at them…hahah… 😀

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Once a doggy started barking, the neighbouring doggies also follow suit.
So we had a doggy orchestra coming out from this house opposite

chimney
We found this house had a cute black chimney…a bit too small for Santa
to slip in… 😀

root
Does this root look like an arm with itchyfingers pointing at the house? 😀

Soon it was close to lunch time. Tired, we went back to our car and as we drove out, Itchyfingers discovered another truth in the chinese saying… :p

狗眼看人低 (literally, being looked down by dogs) :p

You see, when Itchyfingers were walking around, we were being barked by the many doggies, as if we were potential burglars or baddies up to no good. But see what happened when we were driving in our car…

dog
The same doggy looking at us with a wide grin… :p

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His friend was even so unbothered and continued to relax under the sun... :p

Wow lao leh! Even dogs also exhibit discrimination! Do they all think that people driving around must be of the same status as their owners? Don’t they know suicide bombers also come in wheels? :p

Also see related post:
> Buried Beneath the Greenery – Singapore Street Directory #1

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