Designer Furniture to Build Altars On
From Versace’s regally kitschy home collection to Margiela’s egg door stop, the feat of human engineering that is designer furniture stands at the crossroads of sculpture, mercantilism and inherently performance arts. While the world is waiting for IKEANYE to happen (yo let him furnish), I wrote about some of the collections that have been crushing the purse and minds of designer cultists worldwide.
Honorable mention: Yayoi Kusama, Compulsion Furniture (Accumulation)
Surrealism, Art Brut, wretched obsessions and demented fear collide in a series of Kusama’s sculptures, whose insignia is Accumulation No.1 - an armchair exploding with phallic protrusions stuffed with cotton and sprayed in white paint. First exhibited in 1962 along works by Warhol and Oldenburg, Accumulation No.1 was the prototype that spawned Kusama’s microcosm of soft sculptures, one that materialized from the artist’s endlessly compulsive obsessions and mental suffering. Excruciating to look at and comforting to the dweller, the Accumulation series is as intimate as connivance between an artist and dark corners of their souls.
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looking at fashion as fine arts, architecture, anthropology, an extreme form of human performance.