Nicole Wermers isolates the sources of visual fascination in the surfaces of modern design and architecture. Dissociated from their primary context of use and consumption, these visual aspects are presented as source of fascination and purpose-free desire. As their original function, however, is still tangible as a more or less disfunctional, the dislocation of desire is experienced all the more consciously.
One of my favorites is the sculpture Double Sand Table ( the table above) . It consists of two interconnected tables, a hybrid between a piece of modular office furniture, a giant ashtray and an autonomous sculpture. Littered with cigarette butts, the patches of sand still look like a stretch of beach cut out from the landscape, contained in a geometric frame and elevated to table height for practical use. I couldn’t find her website so I’ve put a collection f her work at read more.