Domestic Art Activity Furniture and Technology
Text display and altered Argos Catalogue
Text Panel for Piece:
"Lost now in the annals of time, a progressive and popularist connoisseur of Formica and all things beige, the Argos catalogue was at the cutting edge of aspiring contemporary design and leisure goods.
Back in 1981, after the success of their amateur cameras, projectors, musical instruments and hostess trollies, the company’s board were interested in taking new leaps into what the newly forming disposable-income-rich masses may want next to idle their leisure time away.
One such plan was for a series of furniture items known as the ‘Domestic Art Activity Furniture and Technology’. These were a whole range of easy-clean yet stylish Formica furniture that assisted the every-day man (and woman) in the creative pursuits. The series included a “bureau and cupboard with storage for your art materials and paper, as well as handy in-built display areas to ‘wow’ your guest during lavish fondue dinner parties”. There were also plans for wheeled trollies which contain a selection of specific activities, such as a potter’s wheel, printing equipment or model making.
Sadly, the pull-out booklet that was meant for the ‘Spring 1982’ catalogue never made it to the shop floors. No records indicate what the reason was behind the furniture being withdrawn from the catalogue, but a copy of the abandoned version is on display here.
We can only now imagine how whole generations might have engaged with creative pursuits."