Hurtado, Rosario. 2006. Mico. El Ultimo Gritto. [Other]

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Focusing upon the moment in early childhood when children are encouraged to move into an adult understanding of the world, El Ultimo Grito created a series of objects with no ostensible function or purpose. Mico is a collection of sculptural objects that challenge the rationale behind design for children and the culture it supports. Each abstracted object possesses a number of physical and visual attributes which transform its character when its position is changed. This encourages multiple interpretations from the child, who can create associations and stories through using the object in play. Based on children's anthropometrics, they are reminiscent of furniture and can be explored in a physical way, generating an understanding of the relationship between object and body, and the idea of use. Originally designed for exhibition, The Mico 'polyvalent' objects are now in production by the Milanese company Magis.

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Catalogue and reviews. Mico was designed for El Ultimo Grito's Make Believe exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston (January - April 2006; www.makebelieve-eug.com/). The original limited edition subsequently toured, with British Council support, to Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Spain, September/October 2006, and Galeria Sargadelos, La Corona, Spain, April to July and September 2007. The work has been reviewed in design publications including International Design Year Book 2007 (ISBN 0780789209221); Offjetos, Conceptos Y Disenos Para Un Cambio De Siglo (ISBN 8476099592); Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2004 Furniture Catalogue (ISBN 1903713137); and Artifact (ISBN 9789889822866). A catalogue, Make Believe, (El Ultimo Grito eds, Deposito legal V-3617-2006) accompanied the exhibition. Micos featured in online reviews including icon-magazine.co.uk and ideamagazine.net, and are sold by numerous online outlets. Micos appear in collections at the Museo de las Arts Decoratives in Barcelona and the Palau de la Musica, Valencia.


sculptural objects; children; anthropometrics;

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15 June 2006

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27 Jun 2008 13:40

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07 Dec 2012 12:49



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