Artist/Designer: Michael Graves
b. 1934 Indianapolis, IN - 2015 Princeton, NJ
Title: Dartboard Set
Medium: Wood, metal, cork, chalkboard.
Dimensions: 19.5" h x 20.5" x 3.5"
Details: In new condition with original carton; includes 6 darts (3 in grey/blue and 3 in deep red with matching tip protectors for transit), booklet with game rules and instructions, hanging hardware and template. Front closing doors in a checkerboard veneer pattern, open from the center to reveal a rack for darts on the left inner door and a chalkboard with chalk tray on the right inner door to keep score. Graves designed all the hardware including a circular metal disc on the back with Graves signature.
Notes from the Archive: American architect, Michael Graves' legacy includes the design of over 350 buildings, and 2000 products. The Michael Graves Design brand at Target was the first example of an architect/designer having his own consumer brand of products. This collection transformed the retailer from a discount store to a design destination. It was Graves' own idea to design new versions of classic games beginning with a chess set in 2000, starting with inspiration from the famous Bauhaus Chess Set. The Dartboard Set followed in 2003, and Graves designed every detail, from the hardware to the darts down to the matching dart tip protectors for transit. "In designing everyday objects," says Graves, "I want to encourage the impression of familiarity and also allow these objects to be seen in a slightly different way. Even useful objects can have symbolic function as well as a pragmatic one. In achieving these goals, we often combine simple utility, functional innovation and formal beauty."
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