stivades / séparé

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Stivada / Séparé

The project is set on a grid of 60x60cm, an homage to the original domestic prison, the Frankfurt Kitchen. Laid out in 1926 by Margaret Schutte-Lihotzky, it remains a monument to the modularity and discipline of the modern household. While the inversion of public and private, as described by Hanna Arendt, signals the emergence of modern biopolitcs, the moment when the basic biological features of humans as a species entered the scope of a political calculation. In the classical division of labour the domestic realm appears as an hidden function of capital.

Its invisibility we argue has the power to fuel transgression. The unlikely encounter between the modern kitchen and the 17th century ‘cabinet particulier’ can foster a new territory, where secret particular freedoms, that have long been deemed forbidden in the public realm, can be plotted in a project of communality.

Two Worlds

Following a promenade from the entrance, human bodies ascend towards a communal area, organised around an eight module table. This continuous surface rests upon a maze of food production: underneath the promenade hang whole animals – slaughter house style, pigs and rabbits dripping blood – ready to be processed along 4 meter long linear surfaces of marble and fire.
In the center a singular slab connects the two worlds: an elevator platform brings food up to the table, and waste back down to the preparation area.

In between the two circuits, secret hideouts allow for the necessary biological functions (shit, piss) and other erotic adventures.

Structure / Matter
The structure is supported on a grid of wood columns and beams, 5x5cm section, painted black. The structure spans from floor to ceiling. The skin and inner partitions are cladded in perforated steal panels, also painted black.
The top surface is a black marble slab, 180x180cm, with a hole in the middle. All elements follow a 60x60cm grid, including drawings, images and people.

Study team:

hiboux (Dimitris Theodoropoulos) + FOR-A (João Prates Ruivo)

The study was shortlisted in the first 100 for Domés International Design Competition COOK8, the new dining place

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