Imagery of breasts and beakers is mixed on this fountain, designed by graduates Lolita Gomez and Blanca Algarra Sanchez based mostly on the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange and at present on show at Milan design week.
The set up, which varieties a part of the Alcova exhibition, encompasses a fleshy pink, round bar that serves company by means of udder-like siphons and nippled cups.
By suggesting the curves of the feminine type, the scholars from Geneva’s HEAD design school hope to supply a extra summary reinterpretation of the set from Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian movie, the place males drink drug-laced milk from statues of bare ladies.
“We determined to do one thing just a little extra sensual and natural,” Gomez instructed Dezeen.
“So we labored with the concept of a fountain and the visible of feeding. It incorporates the feminine physique however in a refined means, so it is extra concerning the form of the breast and the ritual of taking the milk.”
The milk itself is saved in 4 metal jugs, suspended theatrically within the air above the bar and illuminated by glowing spheres.
From right here, it’s pumped into spherical beakers and syphoned into hand-turned, ceramic cups, every with a nipple on its underside and illuminated from under by a singular highlight recessed into the counter.
“We actually wished to design all the pieces right down to the glasses,” Gomez stated. “All of the nipples are distinctive and have completely different colors and shapes.”
This sense of femininity is mixed with the medical visible language of manufacturing facility farming, evident within the industrial metal jugs and the stools topped with metallic tractor seats.
Taken collectively, that is designed to create the impression of milking the fountain however with almond as an alternative of cow’s milk spurting out of the ducts in a touch upon the exploitative nature of the dairy business.
“It is all about this cow-woman comparability,” Gomez defined.
Initially designed as a part of the scholars’ master’s degree in interior architecture, the undertaking is now on show for the primary time after two years of continuous coronavirus delays.
It varieties half of a bigger graduate present from the college, curated by French architect India Mahdavi and centred across the theme of iconic inside areas all through historical past, each actual and fictional.
Elsewhere on the present, Swiss architect Fabien Roy is showcasing a power cut-resilient incubator designed to guard infants in sub-Saharan Africa from hypothermia.
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