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Ornament and Crime

Ornament and Crime

Designed by Gabriel Tan


Named after the essay by Adolf Loos published in 1913, this wall and tabletop sculpture broaches the same topic but offers an alternative viewpoint more relevant to our times. We advocate that symbolism and aesthetics should also be considered functions, as objects with meaning and good aesthetics contribute to a more layered and enriched space, resulting in more positive interactions and emotions in the people who inhabit it. Masks and head sculptures have been part of various cultures since the beginning of recorded time and represents our humanity. Our goal was to translate this cultural icon into a material sculpture, one devoid of cultural appropriations and can exist harmoniously with furniture and objects in a contemporary home. 

Wall: 170 L x 60 W x 230 H mm
Standing: 170 L x 100 W x 300 H mm

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