Recently in Maison amp; Objet, Paris’s premier, semi-annual home interiors show, 1 booth featured giant hot dogs, hamburgers and pickles — the size and vibrancy of that may result from a nuclear experiment gone awry.
No, it was not an homage to Claes Oldenburg, or a parody of Andy Warhol’s pop sensibilities. Irreverent Dutch design home Studio Job (which once designed a cabinet shaped like Chartres Cathedral, flipped on its face) was unveiling its latest furniture set for Italian production firm Seletti. The hot dog, using a mustard-covered wiener, is a couch. The hamburger, with a tomato-slice backrest, is a round side seat, along with the pickle is an accessorynbsp;pillow.
But Studio Job designers are not the only ones making food examples into furniture. It is a trend, with vegetables sprouting into cushions and pendant lights that look like candy bracelets. Perhaps it is a backlash perpetrated by those who have always felt that meals ought to be allowed in a wonderful living room (untouchable white couches be damned). Maybe this is just another evolution of our culture’s obsession with all things culinary.
U.S. designer Amy Brown, owner of Jumbo Jibbles, makes giant-sized, produce-shaped cushions. (Her company’s slogan is: “It is okay to hug your veggies.”) According to her, she enjoys food-shaped furniture since “everyday objects take on a coating of magic when their size is changed.” That is part of the charm of this aesthetic — it makes the mundane look extraordinary and reminds us of the worth (supplements or otherwise) of what is all around us. In addition, it is all just seriously enjoyable. Here, five of the freshest examples:
Studio Job’s food-themed collection for Seletti is known as Un_Limited Editions, and is a severe send-up to our cultural fixation on fast food. But rather than being slapped together like a drive-through meal, the details are exquisite, right down to the embroidered bumps on the pickle-shaped throw pillow along with the sesame seeds onto the hamburger bun. The only thing missing is a giant container of chips. ( )
Jumbo Jibbles makes the sort of veggies that even the most salad hating one of us would happily pull up to. They’re all energetic, oversized and lavish (covered in fleece). The four-foot-long carrot is particularly apt for when you simply have to hug a vegetable after a lengthy day (it can happen!) ; the cute asparagus seems to be an ingenious way to get children to enjoy their greens. ( )
What to serve with a couch full of vegetables? The only reasonable answer appears to be confectionery-shaped accessories (for dessert, of course). Germany’s Candy Company makes a range of furniture inspired by our collective love of sweet things. A pendant lighting is suspended with a giant candy necklace. A rainbow-hued stool looks like the top of a Hawaiian doughnut. Fear not that the bits will get giant magnates for flies — they’re handmade from beech wood, not fructose or sucralose.
Since Fido should not be left out of the appearance and since bone-shaped chews are cliché, Ware of the Dog produces a collection of food-shaped toys of all types, such as pizza slices and cannoli. The cherry pie, complete with squeaker, is fair-trade, hand-knit from lamb’s wool, colored with organic dye and produced by craftswomen in Nepal. This way, it equally fits into your home in addition to your heart.
The Fresh Cut side table, by L.A. design legend Fred Segal as a part of a recent collaboration with CB2, is the best balance of kitsch and clean lines. A simple glass top is perched on the exaggerated fronds of a gold pineapple, such as an ice cube dropped into a vibrant glass of fruit punch. ( )
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail