Topics: Design, Human Experience
Location: Gallery Kitchen, Ground Floor
Boudoir Babylon, 2020, is an immersive and flamboyant space celebrating queer aesthetics and culture. Adam Nathaniel Furman and Sibling Architects have transformed NGV’s Gallery Kitchen by drawing inspiration from three types of places for social gathering – the boudoir, the salon and the club. Historically, in locations like these, women, queer, gender diverse people and those with differing political views or religious beliefs could exist, express their identities freely and thrive. Colour, lighting, spatial dividers, screens, baffles, catwalks, décor and oculi proudly celebrate the project’s aims: Boudoir Babylon welcomes all people, particularly the LGBTQ+ community, seeking spaces of difference and safety.
‘My designs are always approachable and often cheeky and take inspiration from a passionate and lifelong exploration of the themes of Queerness, colour and ornament.’2 -Adam Nathaniel Furman.
Experiencing the space
- What do you see as you immerse yourself in the space? How do the aesthetics make you feel?
- Note elements of Boudoir Babylon’s design: the overall space, lighting, colour palette, furniture, forms and other considerations. Draw quick sketches of several.
- Where would you choose to sit and why?
- Furman, Sibling Architects and NGV curators have described the space using words and phrases such as ‘cheeky’, ‘approachable’, ‘technicoloured’ and ‘delicious edible forms’. Build a list of striking words describing this installation with your classmates.
- How is the space different from a typical café?
- How does the space welcome and offer safety to the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalised people?
- How does the space influence the way people gather and socialise?
- The design brief included the potential for an Instagram moment. Suggest why this is an important contemporary consideration.
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