Nika Zupanc returns to Milan "focused on distractions of all sorts, presenting an installation that elevates her insightful citations of everyday objects to a painfully new level."
Titled Selfdiscipline, Zupanc's installation at Spazio Rossana Orlandi questions self discipline, or the lack of it.
Says Zupanc, "Flirting with monastic asceticism, the installation of a chandelier, desk, and chair provokes the thoughts on today's key values, needs, habits, and the minimalism of life choices we are able to choose from. All of the items are therefore designed with an afterthought, made from durable materials, bearing in themselves the possibility that an object could survive us all."
"Bring waves of boldness into rationally organized dwellings is its high-class mission. The moment it falls from the ceiling it becomes an obvious imposer. High on shine ropes leave little to ponder: you want to touch them, even steal a sneaky peek, just to see where all the glow is coming from. While it may seem like something that is totally content to be reduced to yet another fatally beautiful thing, its bold, cold curves tell a different story. Next time you will think. Twice?"
"You've rested your body on different types of seating devices, but have you ever tried to place something underneath you and make it come closer? It has every detail that the first league offices want you to have, except that it's not afraid of being delicate, slightly deranged, and otherworldly. The hi-tech, retro-look mechanism zooms in and out with the help of a sleek handle, while the brass wheels dance all over the place."
"Where can all the evidence of dangerous liaisons be stashed? Well, in the pocket of course, and what a fabulous pocket it is. The monolith business meaning table can elegantly unhook and open up like a true pulp-fiction novel, letting out a fan construction of pleated textile. This is where you can keep all your bits and bobs and paperwork of exceptional importance like bills and, well, dirty words hidden under the harmlessly-looking surface."
"The prêt-à-porter got all emotional about conventional and convenient storage methods, causing constant clashes and other messy encounters among them. After all, they were not made to be thrown into darkness. For people that merely yawn in the presence of a walk-in closet, a wardrobe cabinet on brass wheels--with a paper fan that plays the role of the drawers--provides an interesting piece of fashion advice. Its capacity shrinks and expands with the number of little black dresses or trench coats inside, but it is always stylishly belted with a plush silk band."
During Milan Design Week Selfdiscipline will be on display at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.