Two Kettles, No Sofa installation playfully explores tensions between cohabiting couples - architecture and design

Two Kettles, No Sofa installation playfully explores tensions between cohabiting couples



Designer James Shaw has created an installation of clashing furniture to poke fun at the disagreements that can arise when couples move in together, which is on display as part of London Design Festival.
Called Two Kettles, No Sofa, the project features a series of striking, custom-made works by Shaw, as well two subtle furniture classics ? a wooden chair by Fritz Hansen and one by Mller.
James Shaw created the installation as part of London Design Festival
The installation was designed by Shaw to represent "a sort of stage apartment" that might belong to Justine and Edward, a fictional couple who have just moved in together.
Shaw's partner, writer and curator Lou Stoppard, wrote a satirical story called Hopper about the couple to accompany the installation, which is available for visitors to take home as a paper copy. It includes a bed with pear-shaped sculptures
Contrasting furniture was arranged alongside each other to humorously reflect the tensions couples can experience when they are forced to combine their different domestic objects.
The designer's bespoke pieces include colourful chairs, stools, cutlery and tables from his Plastic Baroque collection, a series of furniture that is crafted fromrecycled HDPE plastic.
A mirror made from recycled Kodak cameras also features
An oak and brass bed featuring bedposts decorated with pear-shaped sculptures was also included, as well as a squiggly yellow mirror made from reused Kodak cameras.
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