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Jean-Louis Von Dardel's Odd Objects Get the Message Across

 - May 13, 2011
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Prop designer Jean Louis Von Dardel creates odd objects for ad agencies and they really get the message across. His works combine the ingenuity of an industrial designer with an aesthetic and humorous sensibility of an artist. His props are often everyday objects that are given a surrealist twist through aesthetic manipulation.

Von Dardel’s humorous manipulation of everyday objects illustrate the messages of the advertisements they are part of in a very obvious yet enjoyable way. Some of his more notable props are a solid-gold toilet paper roll for an IMF add, onomatopoeic-shaped rackets for a tennis tournament add and a form bent into a hand peace sign for a Swedish cooperative supermarket add

He has created many ice cream props for GB glace -- Sweden’s biggest Ice-Cream company. His ice cream props for the company often includes elements of they’re original flavors and makes them into ice-cream hybrids. For example, he slices a Popsicle to reveal it’s apple-like interior or adds a branch and leaf to a Popsicle stick.

Von Dardel’s surrealist props make the advertisements they are a part of obvious enough for anyone to understand at a glance, yet creative enough for a wide audience to appreciate its simple humor.