Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 is arguably one of the most iconic, and certainly one of the most ubiquitous pieces of modern Finnish furniture design ever. Now, The ICA has commissioned none other than legendary American collagist, Barbara Kruger, to produce an edition of the three-legged Aalto stool in collaboration with the Finnish furniture company Artek.
While Kruger is celebrated as a contemporary artist speaking truth to power, in Untitled (Kiss) (2019) she demonstrates her more playful, humoristic side. The stool bears the word “KISS” in large black text; the red legs and white seat recalling the pallettes of her now-famous monochrome pre-digital works. The “kiss-my-ass” optics of the work equally maintain the tone of her provocative body of work dealing with feminism, consumerism, and gender.
Kruger’s Untitled (Kiss) forms the starting point of a new collaboration between the ICA and Finnish furniture company Artek, which will result in a series of artists’ customizations of Stool 60.
Untitled (Kiss) will be launched at Frieze London, 3 – 6 October 2019, and will be available to purchase directly from the ICA from 10 am GMT on 1 October.