arts • 09 Mar, 2017
New Book Dedicated to Quasar Khanh
The Spirit of a Design Legend Lives On...
Quasar Khanh, a.k.a Nguyen Manh Khanh, was a renegade designer, engineer and inventor, who rose to prominence during the 1960s in Paris. Most remembered for his inflatable, and highly desired AEROSPACE brand furniture, he’s said to have embodied the inventive spirit of the 60s and 70s, a time people wanted to ‘better themselves’ by living a ‘life of leisure’.
Having studied at the prestigious Ecole des Ponts et Chausees after leaving his hometown of Hanoi, he then married Emmanuelle Khanh and became a fixture within the avant-garde set. He developed his inflatable PVC furniture line in 1967 and followed that up with the CUBE car in 1968, which were two of many in a line of iconic POP Art creations accredited to him.
Today, his inflatable furniture still sits in some of the most important modern art museums in the world, and a book has this week been published by French house Albin Michel to celebrate his life and times. Designer Phillip Starck wrote this in the foreword:
“Quasar Khanh is part of the very small circle of designers who marked the 20th century. Its most emblematic realization is the iconic line of inflatable furniture Aerospace. This embodies the spirit of renewal of the design from the years 1960 to 1970: a breath of fresh air that frees itself from all historical and cultural reference to propose an alternative world, impregnated with a great utopia.”
Check out a sneak preview of the beautifully designed book below. 'Quasar Khanh: Designer Visionnaire' can be ordered here.
Words by AA