 Untitled / IKEA FRAKTA Birkin Bag, Nicholas V. Elbakidze, Sculpture ’24


50 in stock

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    11.5″ x 13.5″ x 5.5″ (inches)

    Polypropylene, interfacing, steel, cotton

    Protect your liquid assets in this water-resistant Birkin bag crafted from IKEA FRAKTA shopping bags.

    My practice is concerned with the materiality of class resulting in the parody of synthesized, constructed, and staged depictions of consumer desire. This bag is one of my first forays into wearable sculpture and I am excited to share it with you.

    The bag comes with a lock, key, and matching clochette. Two interior open pockets and one interior zip pocket. Fully lined fabric interior. Steel feet at base.

    I have one bag pre-fabricated as a floor model and it may be viewed in person in my studio during the Open Studios event.

    These bags are hand-crafted with a lead time of 4-6 weeks to allow for proper craftsmanship. After purchase, the buyer will be informed of production and shipping times for their particular bag.

    Item is located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Local pickup available. Domestic shipping is available for an additional $30 fee. Delivery within Metro Detroit available for an addition $50 fee.

    I am Faggot who facilitates systematic inquiry of the design profession through the prospect of imaginative Queer alternatives to the editorialized status quo. I am interested in whimsical subversion as a means of provoking the systems of production we all occupy. Prancing into situations I absorb the objects and the systems which created them dragging these icons into crisis. My praxis stands on the shoulders of a historically Queer occupation and my objects exist on the edge of Sculpture and Decoration; toying with the material expression of the everyday. Motivated by the follies of productivity, I parody synthesized, constructed, and staged depictions of consumer desire. My conscientiousness towards the burlesque illusion of corporate commodity and brand identity culminates in a transgressive Queering of habitual products. I pitch the satirical “merchandise” to the viewer via ephemeral pasquinade which manifests as documented pictorial arrangements. The documented tableau vivant(s) is the authentication of the lampoon; the final photographic image itself becomes a design cliché in and of itself. I aim to elevate my Interior Design practice through the critical lens of Sculpture; transcending the Decorative by means of the critical.


    IG: @nicholasvelbakidze