The key ingredient of Will Robison's Kevin Carpet Bench at the Uncomfortable Conversations exhibition during New York Design Week is Julio, a fetishist, seen during assembly of the piece. Julio stayed rolled inside the carpet for hours at a time while people sat on the bench.
"A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have." - Timothy Ferriss
Inspired by the quote above, curators Design Glut, Kegan Fisher and Liz Kinnmark, challenged a group of designers to create something which provoked an uncomfortable yet important conversation.
"Participating designers were given complete freedom with the type of object they created, the materials they used, and the topic of the conversation they set out to provoke."
Kevin Carpet Bench
Kevin Carpet Bench in use. If this isn't uncomfortable, I don't know what is.
Body Function by Matthew Waldman. Matthew gets the award for most uncomfortable of the Uncomfortable Conversations. Why hasn't technology minimized or eliminated embarrassing social situations?
Ana Linares celebrates the breakup with her 'It's Not You, It's Me, It's Not Me, It's You' pendants. Beautiful, straightforward, but most of all effective jewelry for wearing to 'the talk.'
MSLK highlights the difficult job of graphic designers when it comes to text choices with Uncomfortable Typography.