Trinidadian Designer, Marlon Darbeau shows ground-breaking work at new Art Space in Belmont

By ARC Magazine Friday, December 7th, 2012 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates

Designer Marlon Darbeau will show his “Peera” for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago along with new objects that he has been working on at the Granderson Lab in Belmont. First shown at the seminal exhibition, The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York, Peera is a reinterpretation of a familiar and ubiquitous little bench. Usually made by their users and constructed out of wood, peerahs are used for sitting on, and as a step up to reach items on a shelf. Says Darbeau, “I remember seeing my father sitting on a peerah while polishing his shoes or while painting the mailboxes he made. To this day he still has two of them.”

Combining aluminum and cedar, Darbeau’s Peera is a contemporary and beautifully designed interpretation of a very mundane object. Writing on the Interior Design blog, one critic has commented, “it is wonderful to see such forward-thinking design coming from parts of the world that the design world traditionally glazes over; Darbeau’s work is locally inspired, locally functional, and beautifully combines smart design aesthetics with local resources.”

More Than Just a Place to Sit: An Exhibition of New Objects by Marlon Darbeau will open to the public December 12th and will run through December 15th from 11am to 6pm, Granderson Lab, Erthig Road, Belmont. Granderson Lab is a project of Alice Yard.

Image courtesy of the artist


Marlon Darbeau is a designer and creative director of the brand engineering firm, Abovegroup Ogilvy. He is also a collaborator at the Alice Yard art-space initiative. A graduate of College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad & Tobago (COSTAATT) and John Donaldson technical Institute, Darbeau’s career spans 14 years. He has designed in various fields, including advertising, identity design, package design, environmental design and furniture design. Major exhibitions include The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD, New York); Next at BECA Gallery (New Orleans), Design Caribbean (Dominican Republic) and En Route… Of Bridges and Barriers, Alice Yard (Port of Spain). Darbeau’s work has been reviewed and/or featured in prestigious design magazines and websites, including: Interior Design, Elle Décor, Design Indaba, Small Axe, Core 77 and Draconian Switch.

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