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Anna Aagaard Jensen

Department: Contextual Design
Website: annaaagaardjensen.com

A BASIC INSTINCT

WHAT
These public seats are reserved for women only, encouraging them to claim their space in a way that comes naturally to the opposite sex: confidently leaning back, legs wide apart, and not worrying about what everybody else might think.

WHY
Whereas society still expects women to look, stand and sit like elegant ‘sculptures’, Anna Jensen has sculptured a context for a new ideal world; where women feel free to behave as men do.

HOW
The pink seats — coloured with the make-up women are ‘supposed to’ put on their faces — show provocative body language, with protruding legs, buttocks and even more. Their shape uplifts anyone seated on top, forcing them into a self-assured, ‘manspreading’ pose.

QUOTE
I want to challenge the boundaries of conventions.

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Iris Rijskamp