Office is one the best backgrounds for projections, both supporting imagination and nevertheless very concrete, circumscribed in a materialized object, the desk. According to creative people, we wondered what it could look like, without any purpose of use.
In France, philosophy taught us lessons about the importance of staying busy, quoting Voltaire, how “work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty”. The modern man in our culture is devoted a generous part of his time indeed, postponing the time of retirement! Descartes made us feel lost, in a perspective of individual illusions, the world suddenly becoming a world of representations… imagination so to speak. More recently, the liberal market invited us to consider objects, among them office furniture, as standard answers to our needs. But as “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing”, let’s try another way of thinking, priceless, even unique, as symbol mirrors of a society.
Our story freely starts with the provocative sculpture from .two young artists, Liddy Scheffknecht and Armin B. Wagner with Pop Up. A giant flat piece of carboard that, once unfolded, offers an individual all-in-one pop up space, desk and chair ready for work. This appearing and vanishing furniture, eventually extremely low footprint system, is an ironic act of denunciation of company’s long-awaited solution, in search of flexibility, lightness. After the mirage of this fiction, reality reveals dysfunctional working conditions in precarity. Homeless to workless.
Then enters a new parade of characters from David Pompa, with his line called Surreal Minimalism in the Office His creations are questioning the everyday life wear and tear, with lack of sleep, abuse of coffee… So how about introducing motivation and creativity by breaking the stereotype with a unique experience? A chair gets legs, in order to move in another room for a peaceful individual area, while acting as an mind opener, a rolling seat seems to give noble presence to a usually more medical styled object and welcoming the handicap.
Then a table, lamp, seats ensemble, family named Primitive, comes out of the four designer alliance Nucleo shown at Galerie Italienne à Paris. On a cardboard honeycomb geometric structure is added a layer of white liquid epoxy resin highlighting the imperfections of volumes. An upside down architecture is born, both light and solid, punting out a paradoxical posture of power, strong and fragile, always on the edge, almost impossible.
Reflecting an intellectual labor, worldwide personalities tables of Tom Price are to inspire people around a table, not allowing them to sit… as a respectful ritual to observe? A Chinese gallery in Hangzhou had the Thinker tables ordered from Confucius to Socrate, all made of black and white tubes of polyethylene as 2D pixels. Mirors around are to project the faces on the walls and have you surrounded.
Words, words, words, and the angle of Shakespeare is awakening. As an ideal connexion of reality and its transposition in a dramatic stage, Louise Campbell is exposing her minutes of a meeting, titled Blah, blah, blah, suggesting the extraordinary amount or words exchanged at a 20people meeting table, expressing the meaningless of most of it. Installation is covered by this transcription and making the audience laugh and speechless. Seen at La Maison du Danemark in Paris. Eventually in the office, humour makes sense.
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