Placemat Paperback

2007 / One-offs

Paper, binding, Against the Grain

The routine of eating alone diverges from rituals of dining being a social ceremony, and the Placemat Paperback suggests a new ritual for the solitary diner. It is a complete novel served as a book of disposable paper placemats where each page is torn from the book for use at each meal, where each episode of the novel Against the Grain (A Rebours in original French, 1884) by Joris-Karl Huysmans progressively narrates the story about one man’s solitude and his bizarre self-indulgence.

{this piece of work is part of the exhibition SINGLETOWN at the 11th Architectural Biennale Venice, developed by Droog and KesselsKramer, curated by Aaron Betsky, from 14 September to 23 November 2008. }