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'Happy Birthday Tessa and Lisa' Celebrates Dysfunctional Families

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: tessakoot.nl and fastcodesign
The Happy Birthday Tessa and Lisa collection is not comprised of the most typical furniture designs. In fact, right off the bat designer Tessa Koot confesses that she cares nothing for timeless creations, stating, "It could very well be my design turns out to be a bad haircut from the eighties." It is through this nonchalant acknowledgment that her kitschy, creepy creations are born.

Collaborating with photographer Lisa Klappe for Dutch Design Week, the Happy Birthday Tessa and Lisa collection embraces the idea of "a dysfunctional family of overlooked objects" by showcasing "their mutual love for the unwanted and the useless," as written on their exhibit description. This is accentuated by the addition of sad, pale children, caged pets and panther posters in the photoshoot.