Dokter and Misses‘ first solo show with Southern Guild launches a new series of collectible furniture inspired by the creative disorder and decay of urban ecosystems. Largely consisting of sculptural cabinets in timber, steel and glass, this new body of work experiments with jagged shapes, odd proportions and stacked forms overlaid with textural surface treatments. Say designers Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin: “Traditional furniture structural configurations are turned inside out and decorated with dysfunctional clutter. Negative spaces become a nest for 3D visual noise.”
Inspired by Tramp Art and the notion of needing to be busy, Practically Everywhere aims to communicate the feeling of being in an environment rather than the actual environment itself. In keeping with Dokter and Misses’ strong graphic signature, the new collection overwhelms the observer while exploring themes of over-saturation, disruption and unconscious actions and reactions.
Ever responsive to their local surroundings and Joburg’s inner city, the designers conceived of this collection as an abstracted study of their immediate environment, which has adapted to and been overtaken by natural forces. The work’s radical aesthetic conveys this sense of entropy and evolution.