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Monday, January 20, 2014

Pipe Dreams watering can | Jerszy Seymour | Magis, Italy | 2000

Jerszy Seymour was born in Berlin in 1968.  He grew up in London and went on to study engineering at South Bank Polytechnic from 1987 to 1990 and industrial design at the Royal College of Art from 1991 to 1993.  He then moved to Milan where he conducted a variety of experimental and conceptual projects.  Seymour has designed for companies including Magis, Vitra, Kreo, Moulinex, SFR, and IDEE.  He has taught at the RCA in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, the HfG in Karlsruhe and the Vitra Design Workshops in France.  In 2000 he was awarded the Dedalus Award for European Designer of the Year and in 2003 he was awarded the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art.  He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2004.  Check out his web presence at the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop.

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Eugenio Perazza founded Magis in 1976.  It is headquartered in Motto di Livenza, near Venice. Magis has been a leader in using plastics in their furniture and accessories.

 Jersey Seymour Pipe Dreams watering can for MagisPipe Dreams watering can by Jersey Seymour for Magis

The  Pipe Dreams watering can by Jerszy Seymour is available in four color schemes:  a white body with light blue caps, a yellow body with green caps, a red body with red caps, and a dark blue body with yellow caps.  It is made of blow molded polyethylene.

Jersey Seymour Pipe Dreams watering can for Magis schematicAbove is a schematic diagram of the Pipe Dreams watering can.  It measures 29cm by 18cm by 27cm in height.

Pipe Dreams watering can by Jersey Seymour for Magis detail

Detail of the Pipe Dreams watering can in a white body with light blue caps.  One of the caps features numerous small holes, the other cap features one larger diameter hole.  By holding a different “stalk” on the can, a sprinkling or a stream watering effect can be achieved.

Pipe Dreams watering can by Jersey Seymour for Magis with box

The Pipe Dreams watering can with original box and instruction sheet.  This one sold on eBay in new condition for $65 in January, 2014.

Designed in 2000, Pipe Dreams is still available.  It retails for between $90 and $110.

The above video features R. Craig Miller, Senior Curator of Design Arts and Director of Design Initiatives at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Penny Sparke, design scholar of Kingston University in the U.K., as they discuss objects from the exhibition “European Design since 1985” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The discussion features the Pipe Dreams watering can by Jerszy Seymour and Soundsation radio alarm clock by matali crasset and Philippe Starck.

References

Jerszy Seymour: Designer. Retrieved January 7, 2014 from http://www.hbksaar.de/fileadmin/hbk/images/vorlesungsverzeichnis/JERSZY_SEYMOUR_VITA.pdf

Jerszy Seymour. Retrieved January 7, 2014 from http://www.helmrinderknecht.com/index.php/jerszy-seymour.html


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