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Label tab - Talking Tab; Weeds, Aliens and Other Stories

Talking Tab; Weeds, Aliens and Other Stories

  • Object:

    Label tab

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (designed)
    Suffolk, England (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (designed)
    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Anastassiades, Michael, born 1967 (designer)
    Legg, Ben (maker)
    Dunne & Raby (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak

  • Museum number:

    W.78-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This device is part of a collection called 'Weeds, Aliens and Other Stories'. Using the passion of the British for their gardens as a metaphor, the designers proposed prototype objects that examined the sense of alienation and frustration that lies beneath the surface of our personal relationships. Many of their solutions were witty and ironic, but the humour barely concealed a darker layer of anxiety. These prototypes are not intended to be mass-manufactured, but are intended to allow reflection on our relationships with objects, with nature and with each other. As such they show an interest in the conceptual content of designed objects that has inspired much innovation amongst contemporary designers.

This is called Talking Tab and the designers described it as a label that recites poems or recipes to plants. They wondered whether tender herbs could be encouraged to grow by hearing about the dishes they would one day enhance.

Physical description

Oak label tab with circular head and single prong.

Place of Origin

London, England (designed)
Suffolk, England (made)

Date

1998 (designed)
1998 (made)

Artist/maker

Anastassiades, Michael, born 1967 (designer)
Legg, Ben (maker)
Dunne & Raby (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Oak

Dimensions

Height: 265 mm, Width: 90 mm, Depth: 10 mm

Descriptive line

'Talking Tab': Oak label tab, designed by Dunne & Raby and Michael Anastassiades, 1998, British.

Labels and date

Talking Tabs
Labels that recite poens or recipes to plants

Oak, with CD player
W.76 to 78-2002

Could tender herbs be encouraged to grow by hearing about the dishes they will one day enhance? [2003]

Production Note

Attribution note: Commissioned by the British Council for exhibition in Prague
Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Oak

Categories

Furniture; Product design

Production Type

Unique

Collection code

FWK

Qr_O79192
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