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Harry Nuriev Debuts a "Trash Bag Sofa" at Design Miami/

A message on contemporary consumer culture.

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Harry Nuriev Debuts a "Trash Bag Sofa" at Design Miami/

A message on contemporary consumer culture.

Paris- and New York-based artist and Crosby Studios‘ creative director Harry Nuriev has unveiled his latest artwork at Design Miami/ — “The Trash Bag Sofa.”

As suggested by its name, the installation piece is a couch-shaped cluster of fabric pouches there resemble black trash bags. 15 drawstring bags are stitched together to complete the piece, which Nuriev uses to deliver a message on contemporary consumer culture — asking viewers whether it’s really worth making your next purchase on something that could end up in the trash. Stuffed with plush foam, the bags unexpectedly give a leathery feel, as opposed to the expected crinkly texture of an actual trash bag.

“With ‘The Trash Bag Sofa’ I was interested in separating the visual qualities of an object from the object itself, transforming it into something that transcends how it is perceived,” Nuriev spoke of the piece.

This isn’t the first time trash bags were used to make a statement on capitalism. Earlier this year, Demna featured trash-inspired bags made of calfskin leather on Balenciaga‘s Fall/Winter 2022 runway, releasing the accessory for $1,790 USD.

Take a peek at “The Trash Bag Sofa” down below. The installation is on display at Nuriev’s solo presentation at Design Miami/, which ends on December 4.

 

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