Prêt-à-Porter

The installation “Prêt-à-porter” deals with the design process and its relationship to time. The name signifies the design process where the creative component remains hidden, and the end product is the only element revealed to the consumer.

The installation contrasts the creative process and the created object. The first is represented by the undulating copper screen; the second by the carefully detailed vertical and horizontal planes of the wooden wall and floor.

The copper screen, which deforms by reflection the wooden elements, furthermore represents the end cycle destruction of the created object. Rubber spheres on the wooden wall, when they are pulled, reveal words describing the cycle of creation and destruction, especially true of the North American environment. In this context as opposed to Europe, the created object is rapidly discarded and it is the creative process that remains the time-enduring component of the design process.