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Michele Oka Doner's Burning Desire

Posted on: Monday, May 29, 2006

Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500–2005, a feast of an exhibit currently on view at The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan, features several examples of fantastic flatware fueled by a hunger for organicism. Particularly striking are the one-of-a-kind utensils by Michele Oka Doner, Ted Muehling, and Claude Lalanne. 'Root System Burning', a floor-based candelabra not included in this exhibit, is a devout homage to gnarled root systems and fetishized driftwood. Seeds, branches, leaves, shells, and pods are always on the menu in Doner's vast repertoire of nature-based creations.

Michele Oka Doner's sculptural work can be viewed at
(above image: Root System Burning, 2004, courtesy of the artist's website)

The artist is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in NYC. Go to

Feeding Desire at The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is on view now through October 29, 2006


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