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POP ART AND PRODUCT DESIGN

V. Ryan 2007 - 2010

 

Pop art soon began to influence product design during the 1960s. Pop art furniture became quite popular and was characterised by its use of bright colours, geometrical shapes and unusual designs.

Take for example the famous Lips Painting. This painting has been transformed into a lips chair.
 
 
The table beneath the lips chair has been transformed from an ordinary table, to a pop art table by adding comic strip images.This table emphasises the characteristics of pop art. A simple design, bright vibrant colours and a comic strip  image. It has a strong distinctive style, presenting a popular image boldly and confidently. Furthermore, its is cheap to manufacture and consequently cheap to purchase.

This table could easily be produced by purchasing an old table and adding the images, not a difficult process. Making this type of furniture more accessible to the general public.
 
 
 
Pop art furniture is often characterised by the use of plastic. This is probably due to the range of colours that are available and have been available for some time.
 
Pop art is still enjoyed today. The unit below, designed by Canevese Giuseppe for Ennezero, is a striking pop art design. The surface has been applied by the Itallian artist Guido Crepax. It is distinctive in style and makes good use of the comic strip approach of the pop art era.
This is an expensive, hand crafted piece of quality craftsmanship, setting it apart from most pop art furniture, which is aimed at the general public market.
 
 
 
 
 
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