A real eyeful: Design brings Cyclops to life

17 : 05 : 2011 Design : 2011 : Artist

New York – Australian-born artist and illustrator Craig Redman has joined with French design firm LAQ to turn his illustrated Cyclops character, Darcel, into a furniture installation.

Darcel by Craig Redman Darcel by Craig Redman
Darcel by Craig Redman Darcel by Craig Redman

This physical form of Darcel is made from resin, wood, lacquered metal, mother-of-pearl and eggshell. Darcel’s eye contains a hidden storage area, similar to the secret compartments in 17th-century furniture. The form of a surrealist cartoon character contrasts with the high-end craftsmanship and materials used.

The New York-based artist created the character to embody aspects of his daily life: ‘Each representation of Darcel is somehow a new path I add to my visual diary,’ he says.

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