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Stephen Johnson’s work appears at first as a playful celebration of domestic ornament and kitsch. Yet beyond the ‘nice’ and ‘pretty’, his work uses objects void of physical use-value to consider our need for emotional function throughout our every day life.

His most recent pieces propose a surreal Alice in Wonderland world of escape. We see rabbits twice the size of dogs float amongst giant candies and mini hearts. On closer inspection, or perhaps imagination permitting, delicate narratives exist within his work as teddies make friends with ducks, mice share their dinner with dogs and happy snails ware pretty bows. He proposes an alternative world, free from negativity, a reality harmonious and utopian, safe and predictable.

By working with readymade objects he achieves a direct relationship with his interest in peoples need for domestic ornament and kitsch throughout their everyday lives. Such a fascination stems from his own experiences as a child growing up in a typically working class environment where such objects of desire would offer so many alternatives to the sometimes harsh realities of everyday life.

In many of his works he joins together ornaments, referencing his love of classic ornamentation like Baroque and Rococo for their ability to warp so many of realties facets like gravity, scale and rules of nature.

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Each sculpture is constructed using second hand ornaments acquired from car boot sales, charity shops and personal donations. Such a mix of origins provides each sculpture with a bringing together of histories – a type of DNA unique to each piece.
Whether made from resin or brass, each sculpture is screwed securely together using steel pins and then held securely in place with either solder or glue. This process provides an extremely secure construction enabling an array of gravity defying structures.

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This week mint is featuring three new exclusive designs by Pascal Tarabay

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Basic chair L 87 x 41 x 50
Colours Cherry – Antracite Grey Wengee and lacquered colours on request

Born in Beirut in 1970, Pascal Tarabay graduated from the Domus Academy in Milan with a Master in design.
Based between Milan and Beirut, Pascal is now the co-founder of Flat, a design architecture studio where he works on projects for various design companies such as Pandora Design and Diamantini & Domeniconi. Over the years, Pascal has won several design competitions and has participated in numerous exhibitions.

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Slide unit L 170 x 60 x H60
Container piece of furniture UNIT TV structure in MDF with sideways sliding containers. Available in cherry veneered, elm, wengee and lacquered colours on request.

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Memoria Clock – laquered metal frame – 29 x 29 x 35cm