|When I first saw one of Ola-Dele Kuku’s furniture pieces, I was immediately captured. This piece was exhibited in the Design Museum Ghent.
Actually, ‘furniture’ is a misleading label. The objects he creates certainly present themselves as furniture, but they do not limit themselves to mere functionality. All his creations boast an unusual playfulness, as if they are made solely for the homo ludens.
Last week Ola-Dele showed me his older work Teatro del’Archivio in the Brussels gallery of Philippe Laeremans.
It functions1 in the first place as a secretaire. A place to write your autobiography, or love letters, or an essay on the necessity of a revival of craftsmanship. In the drawers your pens and pencils and other bric à brac will find a place to rest. Letters and diaries and dreams will nestle in every nook. Books are hidden, but very near, and looking for them in the pigeon holes is a pleasure on its own.
Find out more about Ola-Dele Kuku’s work on his website or klick on the brochure Opera Domestica below.