"Wurst" bench

by General Life

15.258 incl. tax

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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 200x60x100
Open Editions Material : Ashwood, Scagliola
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WURST bench is a scagliola phallus inspired by the texture of German sausages and the form of beached whales, on a set of ebonised conical feet.
The WURST bench is the headline work to come out of Workbook I, the launch collection of the dirty luxury brand General Life. This collection is inspired by, amongst other things; the dirty sports sock like presence of a dead whale on a beach in Dorset; the fundamentals of daily rural life; the very modern contradictions and excesses of the Georgians; German hospitality expressed through the boiled sausage; Gaudi’s brave and joyful juxtaposition of materials and forms; the itinerancy of modern life; the sensuality of the sculpted male body; the building of a colourful beach house in Cambodia; the growing sense of impending catastrophe; the geometry of the cone and the cylinder; Omega Workshops challenge to the position of the artist in the early 20th century; repetition, process and mastery; the fold and the pleat; the comedy of failure; the idea of escape.
General Life flows from the creative practice of Ivan Morison and Heather Peak Morison, capturing significant moments in their artistic process and shaping them into products to be shared.
All of General Life’s work originates in the artist’s studio and is made by hand in its own workshops and in collaboration with a community of small-scale fabricators in the West Midlands – the traditional heartland of British manufacturing.

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Weight 250 kg
Dimensions 220 × 120 × 125 cm
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General Life

General Life is an indie product design and production house. General Life looks to bring artistry, beauty and meaning into everyday life - tempered by an outsider’s irreverence. All of General Life’s work originates in the artist’s studio and is made by hand in it’s own workshops and in collaboration with a community of small-scale fabricators in the West Midlands – the traditional heartland of British manufacturing. General Life flows from the creative practice of Ivan Morison and Heather Peak Morison, capturing significant moments in their artistic process and shaping them into products to be shared. Ivan Morison and Heather Peak Morison have worked together as an artist duo since 2003, establishing a significant collaborative practice that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre.  They have produced major works for many British institutions, including Tate Modern; exhibited widely across Europe, North America and Australasia; and represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennial. Their work is held in many collections around the world.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.