What determines a product’s appeal, function and identity? Increasingly it is the finish that designers employ not only to beautify a product, but also to strengthen, preserve or disguise it. The last layer can simulate ageing, form an impenetrable shell or function as a convincing imitation of craftsmanship. Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency. Surfaces are full of contradictions; declarations of falsehood and denials. Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive. Take a look into the transformation of products – trying to survive in the design world, where nothing is what is seems.
Chris Kabel for Interwoven
Designing the Surface video on ARTtube
ARTtube features the Designing the Surface video, with English subtitles.
Alice Rawsthorn on the Surface
The Faux Series is the result of research carried out by Chris Kabel into the finish of objects, inspired by current developments in photography, where traditional photographic print is becoming more and more object-like and three-dimensional.