Emily Binks recently won Scotland's largest art prize, the Glenfiddich Residency Award, worth £10,000, for her sculptures that consist of abandoned pieces of furniture piled on top of each other.
Her sculptures remind many of the "sofa forts" that children like to make. In fact, a representative of the award program specifically called attention to this resemblance: "Her sculptural assemblage invokes a basic fundamental of the human condition: from building dens as children to setting up homes as independent adults, we can all relate to the creation of a place to shelter and a sense of belonging."
More info: Press and Journal
Created by artist Renato Garza Cervera out of leather, polyester, polyurethane foam, glass eyes, and paint. Cervera explains that rugs used to represent fierce creatures such as lions, tigers, or bears. So he decided to create rugs that show fierce creatures with more contemporary relevance.
He goes on to say that his rugs represent "Calibanization" (as in, the character Caliban from Shakespeare's The Tempest
). "It's an aesthetic consideration of collective political, social and psychological mechanisms and patterns." More info: MySanAntonio.com
Designed by Argentinian architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia
to allow apartment dwellers to sit and look up at the sky.
Probably safe in theory, assuming it was installed correctly. But I wouldn't trust it.
Artist Gigi Barker has created "skin stools" and "skin chairs" that are designed to look, feel, and smell like human skin. Specifically, sitting on them is supposed to mimic the sensation of sitting on a "rather portly stomach." She achieves the smell part by impregnating the furniture with human pheromones and aftershave. More info at Wired.co.uk
and at Barker's website
A bedside table that quickly transforms into a bat and shield to defend yourself against intruders.
Designed and available from James McAdam
Add a little armageddon chic to your home with the Nuke Lamp from VeneriDesign. It's yours for only $1,445.53
If they're charging that much, couldn't they have rounded down to an even $1445?
From design firm Nieuwe Heren
Just four travel bags,
but linked together it reminds you of home.
Your couch on a remote location. But also on airports and train stations, you can bring a little homish comfort
and a feeling of safety with you.
Twenty-one lucky people will get to have one of these in their bedroom, because that's how many the artist Oscar Tusquets made. Cost is $50,000 each. More info at the Daily Mail
Stools made by blowing up sheet metal.
Read more here.
Made by German artist Kerstin Schulz back in 2005 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Faber Castell's Castell 9000 pencil, which was the first hexagonally shaped pencil. Good for writing with, bad for sitting on. [designboom