New Work at Design Miami/ Basel 2013
Image rights: © Florian Borkenhagen, courtesy ammann//gallery
A professor of Interior Design at the Hamburg Academy of Fashion and Design, Florian Borkenhagen builds irreverent pieces out of adapted domestic devices. Joining sacred objects with moving parts, he skewers both religious tradition and modern inventions. Remote-control relics, portable confessional booths, wheelbarrows-turned-palanquins—these are just a few of Borkenhagen’s wry hybrids. With the blasphemy of Maurizio Cattelan and the comic austerity of Joseph Beuys, Borkenhagen’s pieces, so obviously impractical, are inflected with an uncanny humor.
German, b. 1959, Frankfurt, Germany, based in Hamburg, Germany