The title Furniture Music comes from French composer Eric Satie’s description of his own music as ‘a sound that should not be actively listened to, but present at the periphery of our daily lives’. Suzuki’s work seeks to examine exactly those sounds at the periphery, which can greatly impact our environments, and offer solutions to real-world problems by challenging how these sounds are designed.
Furniture Music attempts to re-design the domestic soundscape and propose ways for sound to not turn into noise but rather help enhance harmony and comfort within one’s surrounding environment.
Furniture Music comprises two main bodies of work: an immersive installation, titled Sound of the Waves (2018); and a series of appliances and furniture pieces conceived for the kitchen/living areas of the home which include, amongst others, a Singing Washing Machine (2018), developed in conversation with composer Matthew Herbert, and a Musical Kettle (2017).
Yuri Suzuki 'Furniture Music' 22 February – 21 April 2018
Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University London
Curator: Stella Bottai
Drawings: Philippe Dupuy
Director: Alice Masters
Assistant: Stuart Heaney
Many thanks to: Matthew Herbert, SCP, Disegno, The Design Museum, GB Sasakawa Foundation, Stanley Picker Trust, Arts Council England, Dani Smith, Ken Fujiyoshi, Fay Burnett, Ed Longville, Stanley Picker Gallery Team and everyone that helped realise this project