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Disruptive power of an ironing board

Eleanor Young

Humble domestic appliance demands attention in Stirling-shortlisted studio

Credit: Johan Dehlin

'Everything in its place.' The ironing board may be posed in this photograph of artist Juergen Teller’s Stirling-shortlisted studio by 6a but it shows the disruptive power of objects out of place

Knowing where things belong is an unsung architectural skill that relies on observation and judgement as much as professional training – and balances on a knife edge between the invisible norm and something rather more unexpected. Perhaps architects interested in the interesting could take a lesson from artists on convincingly placing things where they don’t belong.


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