A sofa is discovered in the back streets of Deptford.
Sad looking, with its broken leg and ripped leather, its fate was
to be left out on the streets, damp and rejected. Thinking this
was not a good way for it to go, Raw Nerve took it back to the
studio. It sparked the group's imagination as we considered all
the things it may have experienced in its lifetime.
It could have been a child's castle or a hiding
place. Perhaps it would have felt two young lovers languishing
in it. Or it could have witnessed a gangster robbery or the tragedy
of a failed marriage. A collection of many lost objects buried
within it could have formed through the years. Or it could have
remembered all the many conversations and secrets it has heard
whilst inhabiting various living rooms.
Rather than the sofa being a functional object,
we imagined the sofa as a living breathing thing having lived its
own life, albeit unconscious to all those who had used it.
We re-upholstered the sofa so that imprinted on it, like a memory,
are all the imagined stories of its life so far. The surface of
the sofa is essential to the telling of the stories. To read the
stories the sofa has to be explored and interacted with, lifting
cushions to reveal tales and listening to sounds coming from deep
within, which unravel the intimate and personal secrets of its
Raw Nerve will breath new life into your old
sofa. We offer an initial consultancy to find out the exact requirements
for the sofa you would like to re-upholster. We then interpret
and transform all the collected information into graphic and typographic
designs to reveal your sofa’s past memories and experiences.
Alternatively, you may wish to have elements your brand identity
interpreted across the surfaces.
If you are an interior designer creating a space we can design
a sofa according to your concept. If you need a window display
that reflects your brand or products we can design a sofa that
creatively reflects your message. Alternatively if you own an old
sofa that you would otherwise throw away we can discover from you
all that has happened to it and recreate it’s past through
bespoke designs based on the initial consultancy session. We can also source a sofa on your behalf.
If you would like a quote please do not hesitate to contact us.
100% DESIGN, 2005
Life is Suite exibited at 100% East,
a brand new multi-disciplinary design event, creating a unique
and exciting focal point for creative activities in East London
- the heart of the UK design scene during the London Design Festival.
100% East is an offshoot of 100% Design.
22nd - 25th September.
London Fashion Week, 2006
The sofa was invited to take part in this years ON|Off fashion show that will be illuminating the London Fashion Week platform for a fresh art initiative that takes fashion to a whole new level.