Toilet Paper : a hidden installation in Paris


During my trip to Paris last summer I came across an installation by the magazine Toilet Paper in Galleries Lafayette. I wandered through five domestic scenes: a kitchen, a living room, a study, a bathroom and a garden. The furniture was recognisable, however clashing patterns and colours created a feeling of a 3D collage. The scenes couldn’t be situated in any one era; the yellow kitchen seats would have looked at home in an American 50s diner but the inflatable lobster certainly belongs on the beaches of today.

The details of each area were mesmerising; the way the objects were placed created the illusion that these spaces were lived in and not just for show. My favourite scene was the living room; it felt rather luxurious with the dark wood and the velvet sofa. Initially it seems the most normal of the five, but then you feel the gaze of the eyeball hidden in the carpet design, and realise that it isn’t normal at all.

Letzes Sommers ging ich nach Paris, um meine Freundin besuchen. Während meines Aufenthalt ging ich zu die Galeries Lafayette. Ich entdeckte eine Installation von der Zeitschrift „Toilet Paper“ (eine Zeitschrift für die Fotographie). Die Installation war sehr surreal, es gab fünf häusliche Szenen: eine Küche, ein Wohnzimmer, ein Büro, ein Badezimmer, ein Schlafzimmer und ein Garten. Aber diese Szenen sind nicht normal, die leuchtenden Farben und die komische Images jede Oberfläche aus  breiten. Es war eine versteckte Welt ins Zentrum von Paris.

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