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Excess of Matter

Excess of matter
Angéline Behr
This project is part of Kazerne - Home of Design

Celebrating body fat sensory aspects through a series of tactile upholstered objects.

According to the body positivity movement, all bodies can and should be celebrated. The goal of the movement is to address unrealistic beauty standards conveyed by the media, one of these standards being a slim body and the total absence of fat. But a fat body has a lot of sensory properties that should be appreciated and praised. It protects us, appeases us, warms us, it’s comfortable and pleasant to touch. Here body fat is all about softness and comfort.
From a work of self-acceptance and a study of my own body, using photography and drawings, I developed organic, generous and soft shapes. I have translated these shapes into voluminous objects inspired by upholstery techniques, pillow and mattress making, using various padding materials, which evoke the sensory aspects of fat. The different seating elements and pillows are filled with natural materials such as wool, millet chaff and sand, providing different feelings of comfort and heaviness. I propose a world of soft shapes celebrating body fat, padded and comfortable with multiple tactile feelings, in which our body comes to curl up and rest.