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Olafur Eliasson Visits MIT

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If Cambridge seems a little brighter today, it’s because Olafur Eliasson is in town. The artist will be at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through Friday to accept the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. In addition to collecting a check for $100,000, taking part in public programs, and attending a gala (hosted by the likes of diplomats from Denmark, Iceland and Germany; Agnes Gund; and Anne Hawley, director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), Eliasson is taking part in a residency that focuses on his art and social business enterprise Little Sun, a portable, solar powered lamp that he calls “a work of art that works in life.” He’ll be on campus to discuss sustainable development, community engagement, design, product engineering, and social entrepreneurship in developing economies, and, in a lecture today at 5:00 p.m., “Holding hands with the sun.”
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Some Enchanted Yves-ning

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Apparently we’re not the only ones enamored with one Yves Behar, judging by the crowds who thronged the Luminaire showroom for his Artists for One Laptop Per Child benefit opening last night. We couldn’t get close to the Golden Boy, who was constantly surrounded by groupies, well-wishers and hot women. As consolation we tried to talk to John Maeda, but he evaded us before we could approach him. He is a nimble one, that Maeda. (And so young-looking! Must be all that simplicity). Suddenly, just when we’d given up hope that we’d ever get our own Behar moment, the crowds parted and there he was, curls and all.

Someone must have tipped him about our extremely professional infatuation because when we first met him he greeted us with a kiss (right cheek, and no we haven’t washed it yet). When we told him we were with UnBeige he brightened even more. “Of course!” he said. “You have been very supportive of all this.” (If only he knew how much more supportive we could be…) We asked for a photo, then, just as quickly as he’d come into our life, he was swept back into the crowd, and we were left glowing in the light of Olafur Eliasson‘s mirrored OLPC piece. Sigh.

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The Man and his friend, whose name we’d remember if we hadn’t started swooning.

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Our lovely hostesses Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer from I.D.

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Eames Demetrios, who’s showing his Kymaerica project at AQUA.

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Like these laptop icons? You can get one inked on your arm over at the “As long as it lasts…” tattoo parlor.

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The laptops are tiny-tiny, like typing on a Treo or something. And of course the default homepage is Google.

The $100 Laptop Becomes the $10,000 Laptop

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We know we keep touting this gift and that gift as the design gift of the season, but we’re totally serious this time when we say that a purchase from Artists for One Laptop Per Child will absolutely top anything you’ll find in the Sky Mall catalog. Unlike the Give One, Get One deal where you buy one and one goes to a child in need, this benefit and auction features unique works of art inspired by the OLPC laptop. Pieces by Olafur Eliasson, Jorge Pardo, Cindy Sherman, John Baldessari and more will be auctioned online until December 12. Ugo Rondinone‘s sand and mixed media piece (above) is a steal at only $12,000.

Tonight we’ll head over to the exhibition opening sponsored by Luminaire, our friends at I.D. and the Owner of the Best-Designed Abs in the World, Yves Behar. If we’re good, we might even be granted an audience with the Golden One. O great design gods, we don’t ask you for much, but please, please smile upon us tonight!