NOVI – IVXXPublic Collection
I believe that a portion of Design can be Art, the portion that deals with emotions rather than function and physical needs. We see an emerging visual discipline where designers use the freedom of creating thought-provoking and strong pieces that have the pretext of a function. This discipline, Design Art, links manufacturing techniques, both old and modern, as well as conceptual approaches borrowed from other arts and across disciplines.
Design Art is performed by creative talents, distorting the functionality of designed objects or making the function disappear. If Design Art was to be named as a new “ism” I would call it “de-functionalism”. By detaching function, as one of the primary design goals, you open the objects to becoming questions rather than answers.
We are constantly looking for new directions within visual expressions. Every decade brings in new crafts and technologies which are absorbed into culture and become artistic media. Every decade we also look back to rediscover, and fall in love with, old techniques and then use them in new ways. The designers that I have selected, for Adorno’s exhibition NOVI-IVXX, demonstrate an investigation of materials.
The design pieces curated for this collection are one-off pieces or limited editions. They push boundaries, mix disciplines and ideologies and remove established rules and inhibitions. I believe we need to experiment to evolve. Please enjoy and be puzzled.