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  • 'Nike' hinges

    Door: 11 rue Larrey - "This door was located in a corner of the main living area, positioned in such a way as to close the entrance either to the bedroom or to the bathroom, but not both at the same time. In opposition to the axiom implicit in the common French adage...'A door must be either open or closed', Duchamp has ingeniously managed to defy the assumption of mutual exclusivity, uniting these contradictory themes into a compatible totality, or as he might have preferred to describe it, 'a reconciliation of opposites'.

    Based loosely on Duchamp's work, Door: 11 rue Larrey, the hinge stands in contradiction to those already in place at the flat. The existing 'riser butt' hinges are equipped with a mechanism that utilises the door's self weight to activate its own closure. The door cannot be 'accidentally' left open or ajar but must be propped. The proposed hinge type reverses this mechanism resulting in the self-opening door having to be propped ajar or fully closed. But it is not the mechanism of the hinge alone that yearns to be revealed. A tension exists between a desire (for the hinge resplendent in 24 carat gold plate bearing the much coveted insignia of the 'Nike Swoosh' and, consequently the occupant) to be seen and the pre-conditioned desire for privacy, the ultimate function of the door being to exclude.

  • Home is where the 'Art is

    A series of proposed interventions introduced into a 1960's Local Authority flat to contest the organisation of domestic space. The ideas are less to do with increasing or even giving the illusion of increased physical space but to change the relationship of those spaces with each other.

    Kitchen Bass Unit

    Housed in the ubiquitous kitchen base unit, a BASS unit provides the ultimate sound system for a party in the kitchen, the space where people are often drawn, and becomes the focus of party.