Swiss-born duo Kueng Caputo’s latest collection presents a psychedelic series of hand-painted benches, stools, bowls and lights, which pay homage to the shapes of the Bauhaus, the rainbow of colours used by the Memphis Group and the paint splatters of Jackson Pollock.
Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo have worked together since they were students of design the HGKZ Zurich from 2004 to 2008. They describe their work as ‘design as response with an emphasis on understatement and improvisation’.
Never Too Much is currently on show until March 1 at New York’s Salon 94 Freemans gallery. Lined up, coupled and stacked, the chairs and benches function as sculpture, side-table and art display. The artists have paired and mirrored contrasting materials of dyed leather for the seat with traditional enamel for the base. The soft Italian leathers have been wrapped around a metal drum to give the appearance of the harder enamel below, while the skins have been naturally dried and tanned, then splattered with organic vegetable stains.