Chris Kabel

April 2016
This year, Dutch designer Chris Kabel edited a project called Office Party, a series of garlands that slide over a standard fluorescent tube, as per the sort used in offices. It serves as the follow-up to an installation he produced for Portikus back in 2013. “Social events at the office can make you feel slightly schizophrenic. You’re surrounded by piles of unfinished work and by numerous drinks that are indispensable to feeling relaxed at such occasions. The bleak neon light increases that ambiguous feeling. This strange contrast is the basis for the Office Party lamp. When the garland completely covers the tube, it transforms the harsh fixture into a merry mix of colourfulness.