There is no place like these homes. Danish designers Ben & Sebastian show through vivid 3D renderings, real-life building sculptures and life-sized architectural models that there is a way to take our imagination – the architecture we dream of – and make it come alive.
City of the (Re)Oriented is one of their most incredible works, like something straight out of a William Gibson vision of a futuristic three-dimensional cityscape, an MC Escher piece for postmodern times or perhaps the urban pathways of our very minds. So what does it mean”The ‘map’ has long been useless in a city whose streets are continually reshaped by their walkers, vendors, sponsors, hobby street artists and salvation-sellers. In this anthill of possibilities only the most elastic orientation software can direct the city’s inhabitant through its myriad of shifting, tangled streets.”
If the work shown above is whimsical, playful and carefree, then this piece is anything but. Titled ‘Domestic Violence’ it is quite self-explanatory: a physical manifestation (in the form of a shattered interior design scene) of the real psychological damage that violent actions can cause in a home. Only a conceptual model, it is nonetheless compelling (not to mention disturbing) even at as a small-scale miniature mock-up.
Other pieces by this designer duo include a conceptual Tower-of-Babel-style spiral structure that winds its way to the clouds – composed entirely of chairs – and furniture-like works that blur boundaries between various arts and crafts, inviting us to think big and small all at the same time.