Lecture 009.012

DOUBLE-SIDED PROBLEMS WITH A SELF-ADHERING, FLEXIBLE PVC-FILM
BY TIM BECHTHOLD

Stiletto. Double-sided problems with a self-adhering, flexible PVC-film presents an object located perfectly at the border between design and art. The non-functional wardrobe: Hüben wie drüben was designed in 1991 by the German artist Stiletto. It consists of eight doors, four on the front and four on the backside with neither shelves nor drawers or clothes rails on the inside. From a practical point of view it is not very useful as a furniture object. By decorating both sides with large-scale reproductions of the Berlin Brandenburger Tor, the designer transforms this common wardrobe into a semi-political art object and refers to the historical context of the falling of the Wall in 1989. Finally this wardrobe is walkable. Stiletto refers to this with a play on words by calling it: „Hüben wie Drüben, Die volksverbindende Schranktrennwand” (On either side, the nation connecting wall unit). Apart from the surface design the con- struction is quite simple and ordinary. The black laminated chip- board is connected with Minifix and SPAX screws. Because of the lack of shelves the construction is quite unstable.
For the surface design Stiletto used a traditional repro technique. Postcards showing the Brandenburger Tor were enlarged and projected on PE-photopaper. These prints were mounted on the front and on the backside of this furniture. To protect the sensitive photo surface a transparent, self-adhesive protection film was laminated on top of it.
This paper illustrates the manufacturing process of laminated photography and focuses on the deterioration of plasti- cized PVC-film and its conservation treatment.

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