‘The Sitcom! – Chairs being funny.’ A typical studio setting. Four sets: a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen, and a bar. That’s about all a sitcom needs, with the addition of an audience or some canned laughter, and a handful of actors of course.
But what if the actors were to disappear into the set? If the chairs made all the jokes, the designed domesticity came to life? How inanimate are they really, our interiors? And, perhaps even more importantly: does design have a sense of humour? A perfect challenge for Eindhoven-based designer Lucas Maassen aided by theatre maker Twan van Bragt and motion graphics wizards OddOne.
“What seemed obvious and completely real at first, slowly changes in a tromp l’œil that we ourselves are part of. The actual road we took – from outside in – now unfolds in the opposite direction as new layers in Maassen’s illusion. The trap snaps shut without a sound and spreads through our innocence like a virus.” (From Tim Vermeulen’s essay about The Sitcom!).