Lennart Van Uffelen Proves How Functionality Kills the Fun

By: Romina S. Cortellucci - Published: Jul 13, 2012 • References: lennartvanuffelen.be and dejoost.nl
In this series of quirky furniture, Lennart Van Uffelen shows just how overvalued functionality is. The Belgian-based designer Lennart Van Uffelen aptly titled his work 'Functionality Kills The Fun,' deeming the boring nature of working within limits. The idea comes from the notion that using functionality as the basis of design drives limitations on an artist's work, preventing them from questioning expectations.

Van Uffelen is quoted as saying on the Dejoost website that, "products are more interesting when they are performing their task partly or even poorly. Most of the time the image or the emotional value that the object generates is what makes it so fascinating." With this in mind, the designer created an array of unexpected designs, from a noose-looking clothing hanger, pre-cracked mirrors to most interestingly an upright axe-chopped table. Pushing the limits, Lennart Van Uffelen's playfully humorous designs move beyond function.

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