Fascination: designed Irony
What is a fascination? For me understanding the fundamentals, dare I say the principles, in which a critical view on design requires. What is it that I appreciate in the natural and composed environments that surround me? What catches my eye at first sensational glance and what keeps me interested with sunstained story behind it. These elements make up my so called appropriated identity, not of my own creation but of an organized curation. The purely sublime manifestation of witty invention mixed with the cleverly altered classics. At first I am only drawn by the substantiated and intellectualized but the emotional and romantic come through in moments of self professed weakness. Its a melange but continuity exists with consideration for aesthetics, formal integrity, proportion, material, context, and message.
Designed Irony: If design is to move forward in its many service, social, via ecological iterations, a bit a humor and satire are necessary to achieve this domainâ€™s goals of communication. These clever re-formations respond to both originally intended use but also to cultural implications that have redefined the originally defined use. Cut, paste, tape, meld, glue, and mash up what already exists, what is more ecological then that. There is nothing more ingenious than the multiple functions of a design object, a newly determined use for a product, and again the combination of multiple objects to create a new function. Clever solutions that deserve all the attention and merit often come through humouristic aberrations.
The following pages reveal images from my collection that fit the theme...