Erika and Kirsty asked me to design an object for Vera, as part of the second chapter of her story. The object could be something she might have encountered a particular day in her life. I was given an old polaroid picture of her where she appears smiling with a candy floss in hand. The designers involved in this second chapter could imagine different scenarios triggered by that image.
The boxes respond to the following narrative:
They were walking towards the pier before heading home. Vera was left a few steps behind her grandmother and mother. Walking while eating candy floss is no easy task.
She made a short pause to clean her sticky hands with a napkin. While doing so she noticed a man sitting in the sidewalk, just in front of her. A cardboard box with a frayed cloth on top served him as a table. He was performing some sort of trick, though there was not much of an audience. She didn’t want to get any closer but she paid attention to his hands.
The man was closing and opening three small wooden boxes. When he lifted one lid he revealed a small object. The object seemed to vanish after closing the box, just to appear seconds later in the box besides. The man waved his hands around as if transmitting something very powerful . Vera had never seen hands so rough.
‘Such thing is not possible’ Vera thought, ‘things do not disappear just like that’. She finished cleaning her fingers and told herself that it was time to catch up with her family.
In the way back home, while she was sittting inside the car next to her grandfather, Vera pondered theories of the man’s disappearance act. None of them seemed convincing but that didn’t really matter. She fell asleep with the lull of the car.
Vera is an ongoing project orchestrated by Kirsty Minns and Érika Muller. The project evolves around a fictional character inspired by a series of found photographs. More about Vera Chapter Two...
For this second chapter, Blas Valdez wrote the story Vera is the name of the game, where our character encounters some of the objects designed for the project, including Vera Thinks of Boxes. Read the story...
A set of boxes with a not so hidden compartment.
Material: Corian and Oak
Small Box. 15 x 15 x 11 cms
Medium Box. 15 x 20 x 9 cms
Large Box. 20 x 20x 7 cms
This project was realized with the generous support of Oasis Workshop, Mexico.