Australian business “Third Drawer Down” create art with domestic products as their chosen vehicle.
Their mission statement:
“By placing art into the most domestic of circumstances, Third Drawer DownÂ® products promote an ongoing dialogue between art and everyday life, whilst promoting the work of International Artists and Designers.
Third Drawer DownÂ® reproduces artwork by contemporary Australian and International Artists as Limited Edition screen prints onto 100% finest quality materials. This ongoing project explores the multiplicity of domestic items, and the long history of Linen as a cherished gift and souvenir. Their ubiquitous nature in our domestic lives and personal histories provide a rich ground for a Napery renaissance, where contemporary artists and designers can re-establish and explore the full potential that this humble linen canvas has to offer.
Third Drawer DownÂ® is not a product of art inherent or reliant upon a specific territory, patronage or souvenir jurisdiction. These visual dialogues are created by Artists and Designers who believe in a global Third Drawer DownÂ® that is not categorised by colour, creed or domestic ritual.
We want to engage in a positive and innovative way with the wider community to promote and discuss art and it’s place in everyday life. Third Drawer DownÂ® provides the consumer with all the necessary activities and functions that educated Napery can contribute to it’s new household. (Have a look at the things to do list).
All Third Drawer DownÂ® products are packaged in sustainable pouches, colour coded, and with the artist’s provenance and details of the Third Drawer DownÂ® project on the back.”
Personally, I’m a sucker for intelligent, fun design and TDD doesn’t disappoint. I first came across their tea towels. Their products are innovative and inspiring. With names like lapkin, bubkin, artpron and artkerchief who wouldn’t be curious. Unfortunately I can’t link to individual pages so you’ll just need to head on over and check out the site.
They also promote a product called “Magnart“, a system that allows the hanging of artwork without nails or wire! Great idea.