May 3, 2011

Le Clochard Homeless-Lookin' Cardboard-Printed Sheets

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Cardbird I, Robert Rauschenberg, 1971, ed. 75, image baeditions

Oh, man, welcome to this installment of Dutch Conceptual Beddengoed.

I've been looking at a lot of Robert Rauschenberg sculptures lately for the other blog, and so while I was surfing across the Dutch kid fashion site Buijses + Beugels just now, I was like, "whoa, those sheets look like the Cardboards Rauschenberg did in the 70s, which were basically cardboard boxes unfolded and collaged on the wall. More interesting than it sounds.

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And I'll be damned if that's not exactly what it is. Le Clochard is a photo-printed comforter cover and pillow set that reproduces a gnarly cardboard box. And the Dutch company, Snurk Beddengoed, also has a fitted sheet, Le Trottoir, that looks like a paving stone plaza, to complete the homeless experience.

I realize they donate most of the proceeds from these sheets to homeless charities, but I still find this utterly bizarre. And I'm a guy who travels across the country to see 40-year-old cardboard boxes on a museum wall.

On the other hand, they're on sale! Le Clochard bedding 54.95EUR 38.46EUR [buisjesenbeugels.nl]
Le Trottoir, 39,95EUR [snurkbeddengoed.nl]

2 Comments

Wow, this is amazing. Thanks for posting this. As a fellow art-enthusiast I appreciate the reference here and also the complexity that you describe. Can't say that I want to have a culturally critical relationship to my own bed but some must....

I love me some Rauschenberg, but this actually reminds me more of Zoolander..."Derelicte" anyone?

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