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Today's article is
"WHAT is LUXURY ?"
Do you find that art and hair often come together as one? I do, and in most of my work a lot of inspirations and personal creations comes through. When I was in London a few months ago, I saw in the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, a very interesting and free exhibition on Luxury, called ‘What is Luxury?’. Of course this is a topic about which I might be biased, but I strongly think it is worth walking into if you are around. One piece in particular that struck me was in the last section of the show, which covered alternative, eco-friendly materials for a future where current energies become less and less available. As shown in the photograph below, this dressing table looks like Marquetry with wood inlays and a retro feel, don't you think? There was a video next to it, which caught my eye before the furniture did, showing that the whole piece was actually made of resin and hair. YES Hair! Assuming that the hair was obtained humanely, let me know if you feel this could be a future method to prevent deforestation.
Studio Swine was created by an English and Japanese designer who aim at making furniture from recycled furniture and hair. They are quite early in the development of their project but I strongly encourage you to check their videos online. They make furniture from objects they collect on a boats and on the street… It’s fascinating!