JAMESPLUMB’s latest assemblage is one that defies typical description or explanation, and is best understood with the knowledge that at the heart of their work there lies an intuitive “coupling” or “marrying” of objects as if they have always existed like this.
A Georgian corner cupboard has found an unexpected partnership with a fragment of a Medieval spiral staircase. The stairs no longer serve their normal purpose as a thoroughfare or pathway, but have an unusual half function in that they exist in their own right rather than being something to pass through.
The cupboard is all at once removed from its ordinary use and at the same time celebrated and elevated to a new and extraordinary one. It has been plucked from the shadowy obscurity of the corner to the indulgent new heights of a pedestal. There is disorder, and yet a calm certainty about this new pair.
“Cupboard Steps” was first presented at UNTOLD exhibition, curated by Rossana Orlandi at Museum Bagatti-Valsecchi during Salone del Mobile 2014.
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JAMESPLUMB is a title assembled from pieces of its members’ own names: James Russell and Hannah Plumb. The British design team JAMESPLUMB is known for its ingenious one-of-a-kind furnishings and interiors created from antiques, cast-offs and found objects.