PappaMamma Lamp is a translation of the human reproductive process. It is an anatomical cross-section of the genital organs: the penis, the vagina, and the gestating fœtus. Light of life.
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Fertility Lamp is an example of AVL’s fascination with the human body. Imbued with the same sense of humour as many of their previous works, the oversized organ conjures up images of tribal fertility gods and male insecurities of size and performance. The proportions and the pose are exaggerated, abstracting the form to a comical level.
The Technocrat is a complex closed circuit of food, alcohol, excrement and energy. In this system, the human burgher is the cogwheel that generates thousands of litres of raw material to produce not only valuable biogas used for cooking but also an ‘Alcoholator’ distillery to keep the humans quiet and happy. The Technocrat consists of four parts that come with instructions. By following these instructions, anyone can learn to operate The Technocrat.
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This table with crockery was designed for the board room of SlaveCity. The plates on the table are illustrated with scenes from different departments in SlaveCity, such as Human Resources department, Energy production department, Motivation and relaxation department and Organ transplant department.
AVL Workskull is designed for large offices as a secluded place, where employees can work alone undisturbed, have more privacy for phone calls or retreat from the world.
Almost Perfect (King Kong)
AVL designed the chair on a napkin and then sent the sketch to a Chinese company to produce. The design came with no other information; the language barrier only increased the possibilities for misinterpretation. Most of the designing and detailing were done by the Chinese. Instead of the designer, random and external factors in the production process decided the chair’s final appearance. Far from a slick product fresh from the factory, the chair has irregularities, a non-geometrical shape and a handmade look – features that make for a better product. Produced and distributed by Lensvelt Furniture Company
Such pig toilets are still used in many parts of the world. People defecate in the toilet in the front; pigs happily eat the excrement from the trough at the back. The work was part of a theatre play about the different aspects of faeces and how it is dealt with. If anything, art is like shit: once an artwork comes out of the artist’s body, the work usually cannot be touched or changed anymore.
AVL Home Edition
Produced and distributed by Lensvelt Furniture Company
Contemporary design practice increasingly depends upon high tech. Designs are drawn on the computer and made by means of rapid prototyping. Once the prototype is complete, the object is manufactured far away in another country with cheap labour and then comes back. To counter this distant way of designing, AVL created Bad Furniture in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau. For Bad Furniture, the designer and the producer are one and the same person. Both the steel and the wood have been handcrafted. Love, tools and materials are combined; shape and passion go hand in hand.
Refurbishment of Promo Fashion
This office was designed for Promo Fashion in Belgium. AVL decided to make a very large table that serves as a backbone at which the whole company can work together.
Prototype Potato Chair
A crib made in the Art Nouveau style; it can be secured with padlock.
Modular Bathroom Units
For Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel, which was designed by the MVRDV architectural team, AVL made a series of bathroom units for individual hotel rooms, along with two special music chambers: one for rock, the other for classical music. Both chambers are extra-large: family- or orgy-size.
Sport Nouveau was created in the wake of Bad Furniture. This set of sport equipment has been designed with fantastic shapes, elegant forms and a noble character. The machine fits only thin people, preferably wearing silk socks. A heavier human body would break the machines, even with normal use.
Big Bunk Bed, The Technocrat
These bunk beds can efficiently store up to 1000 burghers, who produce the biogas in The Technocrat.
Total Faecal Solution, The Technocrat
This set of ecological toilets is made for optimal biogas production. In order to divide faecal matter from urine, AVL developed a special toilet for shitting only that uses vacuum power, like airplane toilets, to suck out the excrement using a minimum amount of water. Urinating should be done only in the urinals, since urine is recycled separately. There is a male version and a female version since AVL believes in equal rights for men and women. While the toilets are designed for the best results in recycling, they involve an element of control. Inside the faecal toilet, there is a video surveillance camera, which allows a guard to see if anyone pees illegally in the shit toilet. Friendly ecology meets voyeuristic suppression.
Uritory is a unisex amenity. The angle of the toilet bowl is positioned in such a way that both women and men can easily use the toilet while standing up. Ecologically-friendly, Uritory is linked to a small biogas installation. A storage space for the toilet brush has been built in the side of the bowel.
The Interpolis Insurance company asked AVL to design a half-open meeting place for 14 people; the company did not want to build a separate room. AVL’s solution was to create a central table, surrounded by a sculpture group. The sculpted fibreglass figures represent the employees of an average company and their lives: businessmen shaking hands and discussing a portfolio; a hard-working manager, a good director pushing a disabled person in a wheelchair; gossiping office assistants; a family and a depressed worker.
Zap Corner, Workspaces, Library Clubhouse 8
This design was commissioned by the Interpolis Insurance Company, which had a restricted space and a long list of wishes. To economize on space, AVL built the requested activity areas beside and on top of each other. The resulting two-level structure has several points of access. On one side of the ground level, there is a ball with a television and relaxation room inside; on the other side, a dining and Internet area with low overhead space. On the upper level, which can be reached by an open staircase, there is a soundproof library or meeting place.
AVL Office Chair
While designed by AVL, this chair is produced and distributed by the Lensvelt Furniture Company. AVL designed the chair after being horrified by the available office furniture. It’s nice to create a temporary storage space for the backside of the body.
Walking around inside a museum can be tiring; there are few comforts, let alone luxuries, apart from the artworks. Bonnefanten Carts provide a solution: the museum visitor can sit in the mechanized wheelchair and use the joystick to tour the museum at slower or faster speeds. The cart is stocked with cold beer and champagne; the armrest has a special bowl for peanuts. The chair automatically rises and lowers to get a closer view of paintings. After touring around, the user can park and slumber in front of his favourite artworks. The carts are designed for the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht; AVL believes that all museums should be equipped with such facilities. Collection Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht
Spelersbad FC Utrecht
Location: Stadion Galgenwaard, FC Utrecht (NL)
A double-decker toilet for environmentally friendly composting. Faecal matter falls into the elongated container. The Composttoilet is a very low-tech yet very efficient way of recycling human waste. Straw, which is thrown in the toilet bowl, helps the composting process; the straw’s hollow stems bring oxygen into the faeces, thus helping aerobic bacteria to grow.
AVL Shaker Chair
AVL artworks form the basis of AVL design pieces, made in unlimited editions in small factories, or in special editions in AVL’s workshop, AVL Shaker furniture is a good example of this. Already designed for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 1998, AVL Shaker furniture is based on furniture made by the Shakers, a religious community from England that lived in the Northern parts of the USA from the end of the eighteenth century.
Modular Multi-Woman Bed, 2 stories & 3 stories
King and Queen Size look like poor cousins to this bed, which can expand horizontally and even vertically into multilevel bunk beds. The simple modular system is infinitely reproducible with a multiplication of the basic 1.20 m frame. Like desire, this bed knows no limits.
Toilet Units Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Despite its adversity to museum architecture, AVL took on the challenge of building an extension for sanitary spaces at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Located in the glassed-in passage that links the main building to the museum restaurant, AVL’s toilet unit takes the shape of a large penis, which appears to penetrate the glass passage. The penis head, which provides an entrance to the restaurant pavilion from the museum garden is on one side of the passage; on the other are the two testicles, one for the women’s room and one for the men’s. While the interior is a light shade of green, the exterior has been covered in an army-like camouflage print, which blends into the surrounding museum and gardens. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
The Hard Edge collection was followed by the Soft Edge collection. This collection consists of several bathrooms and toilets units. For these art works, Joep van Lieshout took the idea of authenticity a step further. The role of the artist was reduced to that of a contractor. The client would decide how their bathroom should look like. Joep van Lieshout took the three conditions of art, authenticity, uniqueness and non-functionality a step further.
In the late eighties Atelier Van Lieshout exhibited its hard edge furniture at Fons Welters Gallery in Amsterdam. The art works, tables and shelving units, are made according to a modular system. The hard edge furniture is hardly ‘designed’ and expresses the wish of Joep van Lieshout to make the most minimal art as possible, that questions authenticity and uniqueness.