Curated by Lisa Z. Morgan
Creative Direction by Susanne Schaal
DESIGN BEHIND DESIRE is a beautifully conceived book about wanting, longing, yearning, generating and fulfilling of a highly sexual and erotic nature and, as an entity within itself, becomes an object of desire as each sensuously laden page is turned. It both demonstrates and embodies desire by exploring the most beautiful objects of and for desire where integrity, beauty, sexuality and sensuality are at the heart of the creations. Many of the striking objects that are depicted are quite dark, bondage inspired, some surreal, others delicate, there are voluptuous pieces and there are one or two eccentric but never the less brilliant creations. All are united in the strength of their vision, conceptual depth and a high degree of craftsmanship with desire and sexuality at their core. Each curated object inspires the imagination, which is the nourishment and fountain of our desires well-being.
DESIGN BEHIND DESIRE also demonstrates how many items and genres from the world of fetish wear and bondage are inspiring and provoking fashion and design in a tangible way. How there is a tactility and truth to materials, which shifts the ‘sexy’ to profoundly sexual and where desire as both a concept and motivational force becomes more powerful where there is duality or contradictory forces at play.
Traversing the pages of DESIGN BEHIND DESIRE the heat rises as we explore desire through the three chapters and phases; Generating, Contemplating and Fulfilling. Hidden within Fulfilling desire we also discover the Cabinet of Desire; a small immersive volume of desirous text where the mind is encouraged to wander and dance.