bastiaan buijs' sex toys straddle the line between art and functionality bastiaan buijs' sex toys straddle the line between art and functionality
oct 23, 2015

bastiaan buijs' sex toys straddle the line between art and functionality

bastiaan buijs’ sex toys straddle the line between art and functionality
images courtesy of studio cremaster / bastiaan buijs

 

 

 

the unusual pair of objects belonging to design academy eindhoven graduate bastiaan buijs‘ final year project is an example of the diverse and eclectic mix of work that has been put on show during this year’s dutch design week. balancing art and functionality, the ‘grandfather’s clock’ and ‘the satyr’ explores the often private subject of taboo by glorifying them as decorative items for the home. ‘the normalization of ordinary sex toys in my opinion’ explains buijs, ‘contribute to the breaking of taboos around sexuality’.

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‘the satyr’ is based loosely on the vaulting horse

 

 

 

‘the satyr’ uses the the buck – a classic gym apparatus – as reference for the abstract looking form of this straddle. targeted for men, the piece produces vibrations and along with a hole at the one end, allows the user to feel an intense and all round stimulating experience.

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the aesthetically pleasing sex toys are conceived to help normalize ideas on sex

 

 

 

meanwhile for the female audience, ‘grandfather’s clock’ is a vibrator fabricated from hand-blown glass. the intricate clockwork mechanism is visible and powers the vibrations (lasting 4-5 minutes) powered by winding the key. the use of craftsmanship and unconventional materials hopes for people to not have them hidden away, but proud and decorative objects of lust.

 

 

read more of designboom’s dutch design week coverage here.

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the meticulous clock mechanism is seen through the glass

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the user turns the wind-up function to start the vibrations

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the ‘grandfather’s clock’ on display during the graduate show at the design academy eindhoven
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the designer demonstrating the wind-up function
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‘the satyr’ exhibited at the graduation show, the ‘torso’ is made from silicone

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