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Operation Design: Eames Update

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Founded on the idea that students in New York City’s public school system should find comfort and inspiration in their daily work and learning spaces, nonprofit organization Operation Design aims to improve the aesthetics of their quotidian scholastic experience by offering “direct interaction with design professionals” and challenging young people “to put their creativity to practical, important, and real use,” according to the Operation Design website. To that end, the organization has commissioned 20 prominent graffiti and street artists to update the iconic Eames molded plywood chair, which will be auctioned off to raise money for programming for 2010. The chairs, embellished by artists like Billi Kid and Blanco, will be on view in the windows at Barneys New York and available for online bidding from May 11th– June 1st at http://www.opdesign.org (bidding starts at $1,000).

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