INSA and myself were invited to Sweden as the only two British artists to help curate 2008/2009’s incarnation of the legendary ICE HOTEL in the Arctic Circle.
“In a continuation of their shared love of high heel aesthetics the room’s main feature is a pair of huge snow legs descending from the ceiling, wearing a pair of gigantic ice heels. Each shoe, over six foot high and two tonnes in weight were hand-carved from pure natural ice harvested from the Torne river.
Between the legs is the bed, crowned by an ecclesiastical arched window featuring an engraved INSA’s signature of line patterns.The rest of the room resembles something somewhere between a house of worship, gallery or boutique with more yonic arches housing smaller heel sculptures and other symbols of commercial wealth.”
Sharing a passion for the world of festishism and its relationship with everyday objects Ben Rousseau and INSA put heads together again to create another piece that uses INSA’s signature print alongside Rousseau’s fascination for using lighting in furniture design.
Using a special roll of INSA print fabric produced by the infamous hat brand Kangol, the chair has matching pink LED lighting wash over the floor below the chair. A notable matching detail is when you sit in the chair and two folds above the shoulders reveal the pink silk inners of the chair, the same as the inside of the hat and festish inspired detail.