Dick, Pussy & Ass by Arik Levy

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French designer Arik Levy is exhibiting a collection of three cabinets called Dick, Pussy & Ass at Galerie SLOTT in Paris.

The collection of furniture is made up of geometric boxes, which can be rearranged to create stylised images of sexual organs.

Each piece is made of black waxed MDF with different coloured accents for each cabinet.

The exhibition is called Preliminaries and continues until 12 February.

More about Arik Levy on Dezeen:

Tokyo Designers Week interview
Molteni&C sofa chat
A Scent bottle
Osmosis
Design Miami chat show
Cubic Metre
Absent nature
Tubes and Tribe Vases
Corian Kitchen
Transition sportswear
Intangible for Baccarat

Here's some more information from Levy:

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It’s not often that we see these icons in our environment and if it were to happen, it would be considered as inappropriate. But these are beautiful shapes, able to recount many stories. For example, “Pussy” can open more or less wide and “Dick”’s upper portion can come down. “Ass” can commune with “Pussy", while “Dick" is on the floor. All of this must be seen as a game able to intermingle with our reality, exposing its folly.

The difference between seeing an accident and seeing a sign warning about an accident is that in the first case we experience the violence directly while in the second we understand that we need to pay attention, without suffering the emotional shock.

The same is true of “Dick, Pussy & Ass”: the use of pictograms avoids vulgarity and obscenity.

Dick
Material: black waxed MDF
Dimensions: H 144.5 x W 112.5 x W 37.5 cm

Pussy
Material: black waxed MDF
Dimensions: H 115 x W 37.5 x D 37.5 cm

Ass
Material: black waxed MDF
Dimensions: H94.7xW98.1xD37.5cm

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  • jack

    perhaps the latin translation would have been more subtle …

  • http://www.finkernagelross.com lior

    Andrea – I swear, I was just about to write the same thing.
    I think you were spot on. I like his stuff too but I feel this is a bit of a publicity stunt… well done you.

  • designdude

    The designer pitched like :
    - Tri-dimensional pictograms to encourage communication.
    Interesting evocative comments at all, I have seen other goodies via exquisedesign recently, it’s such a great art and design proposal in a beautiful design loft residence.

    Like the reading on ”Exquise design desire to create a cross-disciplinary, decompartmentalized place, conceived as both a residency and exhibition space for artists as well as designers.”

    I mean, that’s a cool and positive way to spread more communication about design experience(s), that’s true, I’ll spot by this place during my next trip in Paris, thank’s Dezeen !

  • f. stachio

    My disinterest in these forms is only overshadowed by the distasteful and unconstructive feedback left here. Let’s remember that we are a community, and should be encouraging each other to make better work.

    Poor taste is a thoughtless blog comment.

  • Yesbut

    At leat everyone thinks something about that….if everyone doesn’t feel something.

  • cacas

    WOOOOWWW! I LOVE THIS BLOG!! all this comments!! nice to see a blog with so much heavy truth! tks people!! hahuahahuh!!!
    obrigado!! bom ver os animos quentes no inicio do ano!

  • Olivier

    change the scale … these objects would be great as a desk accessory

  • Rodrigo

    I love Andrea, i dont care about the boxes.

  • northernspy

    honestly, waxed mdf!? arik is so innovative. it’s like american apparel
    designed furniture; crap material, crap quality – but wait, did i
    just see 16 yr. old’s nipple?

    andrea was spot on by saying we need to, “… design less, design better”!

    i do think he missed an opportunity to call “pussy”, “twat”. now that
    would have been clever. good lord.

  • Kvinta

    Ох уж затейники эти дизайнеры))))

  • BRian

    Dezeen Dudes,

    I think you should have featured my Studio’s designs that we sent to you almost a year ago. They have a much deeper level of thinking than this! (Even though I like Arik’s work!)

    B

  • lox

    isn’t this a conceptual designer who has moved far away from design to instead consider iconography, and the social implications of human body parts which have been reduced to signs? i think his starting point wasn’t, “what kind of furniture can i make”, but, “hey, the symbols for the sexual body parts are so universal we can even turn them into furniture”

    (and the next question is, what does that say about our society?)

  • Grill Gambit

    I guess the real problem with these pieces is that they’re not awesome. They’re kinda funny, a practical joke but hardy set the world on fire.

    I would have preferred a symbolic additional detail for the pussy. A reference to the usual area of interest.

    The look is Ikea meets Batman. For a Team America universe. I guess that’s out there.

    The material (MDF) is a waste of, among other things, time. And inherently uninspired, if not outright pollution. For mine that’s the only offensive aspect of the design. If they were made out of recycled frat house shite that would have elevated them to awesome.

  • http://imustcr8.blogspot.com boston

    the naming convention is awful!
    kitch tackiness has taken over form & function in this instance!

    also…mdf??? put some effort into this please!
    Design, it should make sense!!!!