Artist and architect Harry Nuriev, founder of design firm Crosby Studios, showcased his newest installation titled “The Office” at Design Miami 2018, as part of the global design forum’s Curio series.
The sculpture furniture exhibition was a satirical and sentimental expression of his early professional life as a low-level clerk in a small Russian design firm. Utilizing typical office essentials like a chair, wallpaper, desk, coat rack, and printer as his source of inspiration, the installation displays an elevated workspace with more stylish flair.
Objects like a wooden desk/all-in-one printing console and an air conditioner have been punctuated with the Balenciaga logo, alongside a swivel chair and jacket hanging on a coat rack to remind us of office dress codes.
According to Nuriev, this gesture showcases the access and visibility of fashion as a form of escape, inspired by Balenciaga’s process of re-contextualizing ordinary objects. In our exclusive op-ed, we explore how Balenciaga became internet culture in 2018, provoking outrage with its meme-ready garments, reality-warping digital art campaigns, and a 180-degree flip of what a luxury item looks like.
For more from Harry Nuriev, peep his impressive work on Crosby Studios’ website, spanning interior design, custom furniture and art objects.