Author: Alexandre Calvário
NO SEX in Miami is the current episode of Atelier Biagetti’s exploration of contemporary life and goes deep into the human psyche to address the all-time greatest obsession: the idea of sex.
The exhibition decontextualize visual elements to create a short-circuit between the senses of the body, the preconceptions of the mind and the physical reality of the surrounding environment to create unexpected situations to be experienced rather than viewed. “We aim to design objects that catalyze actions around them – to provoke life,” the designers say, a view evident in this Curio solo show as the duo have imagined a particular scenario, like the set of a film, in which the action is about to take place. This aspect of their work is further emphasized by their new concept of Performing Design with which the designers go a step further to actively suggest a narrative centered on the objects exhibited.
Presented by Patricia Findlay at Design Miami 2016, the exhibit showcases a therapists studio along with the limited addition ‘NO SEX’ pieces. The space itself contains all the expected elements, but the deceptively familiar surroundings are not innocently functional but rather tease the viewer, thus provoking new kinds of behaviour around the perception of what sexy is, and around the idea of contemporary design.
The subtle backdrop provided by the setting, highlights the sensual shades of champagne-pink and natural skin tones evidently exposed within each of the furniture pieces. The tactile nature of the set-up invites viewers to experience a familiar yet alien environment that encourages one to physically touch the objects.