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Ola-Dele Kuku

· 29 May 2014 |  by Janantoon
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Ola-Dele-KukuWhen 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.
This is a piece of furniture that has the presence of a sculpture, a monumental work, while at the same time it seems like a big toy. Like a little boy with shining eyes one wants to try everything: rotate the big cylinder, the inner cylinder, open every door, open every drawer and search for hidden places.

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.
The Teatro del’Archivio seems to me a modern version of the study of Saint Jerome, like in the painting of Antonello da Messina. I can imagine it in a spacious house where it would create a small and inviting island. It would invite you to come and sit and read or dream, write a poem, study philosophy.

Find out more about Ola-Dele Kuku’s work on his website or klick on the brochure Opera Domestica below.


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