Designer Robert Stadler has created a sequence of fruit- and vegetable-shaped ceramic furnishings and lighting items named OMG-GMO at Milan design week.
Displayed on the Carwan Gallery as a part of Milan design week, the gathering was designed to be a humorous touch upon how the pure look of fruit and greens has been altered to make them extra standardised.
Stadler’s designs featured bananas, avocados, leeks and carrots with spotless surfaces and common shapes remodeled into practical objects.
“The concept for this sequence was to create a rigidity between attraction and questioning by exaggerating what produce might turn into through GMO,” Stadler instructed Dezeen.
“All of us love a shiny, spotless apple or a seedless watermelon, however this additionally raises the query of how far we should always go together with altering nature and turning meals into standardised, marketing-driven merchandise,” he continued.
“As I’m satisfied humour is the very best entry to boost consciousness and dialogue, the OMG-GMO objects are a delicate reminder of a problematic facet while bringing pleasure to somebody’s dwelling.”
Handmade by Italian ceramics firm Bitossi Ceramiche, the OMG-GMO assortment was made up of 10 humorous objects, together with angular lemon paperweights and a coat stand topped with spotless yellow bananas.
A stool named Juicy Joseph encompasses a sq. watermelon slice seat with outsized brown nuts holding the 4 legs in place.
A sequence of zucchinis bent into L shapes to assist wood bookshelves, and 4 spherical aubergines maintain up a sheet of glass to kind a espresso desk titled Homosexual Gae, which was knowledgeable by Ge Aulenti’s Tavolo con Ruote desk.
Additionally included within the assortment was a desk lamp made up of three carrots in a tripod formation and 4 lengthy cucumbers stacked end-to-end to create the stem of a tall flooring lamp.
“We used the pure shapes of the fruit and vegetable that already recommend a potential use, such because the bolt-shaped prime of a zucchini for screwing the cabinets collectively or the concave part of the rhubarb so as to home the lamp’s LED strip and the cable,” mentioned Stadler.
“As for the nuts serving to strengthen Juicy Josef’s legs, it is extra of a joke,” the designer continued. “All of the design selections may be known as ‘critical absurdities’.”
Stadler referred to the historical past of representing fruit and produce in artwork and design, highlighting the substitute nature of our meals immediately.
He described modern-day fruit and greens as nearly unrecognisable from their wild origins as a consequence of agricultural domestication, selective breeding, and bioengineering.
“Sharing my life between Paris and a small city in Sicily, the place we develop a number of the produce for our personal wants, made me rather more conscious of the distinction between the naturally grown and the industrialised in addition to the GMO,” mentioned Stadler.
Initially previewed in 2022 inside Philip Johnson’s Glass Home in Connecticut, OMG-GMO was introduced as an exhibition in Milan curated by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte. After Milan, the gathering can be showcased in Piraeus, Greece, at Carwan Gallery’s flagship area.
Different furnishings collections Stadler has designed and exhibited embody furnishings created from development supplies and furnishings designs that had been paired with sculptures by Isamu Noguchi for installations showcased on the Noguchi Museum.
The pictures is by Filippo Telaro except acknowledged.
OMG-GMO befell from 13 to 23 April 2023 at Carwan Gallery, By way of Zenale 3, Milan, Italy. See our Milan design week 2023 information on Dezeen Occasions Information for details about the various different exhibitions, installations and talks going down all through the week.