The striking aesthetic of these collars came about through
an exploration process, which found Simone researching both past and future concepts
of working uniform. This process which lead her to works as wide as 16th
Century painter Johannes Vermeer, with Dutch women wearing white head dress for
their daily work, to the contemporary photographs of Edward Burtynsky’s
Manufactured Landscapes, in which he observes the daily working uniforms of those
in Asian factories.
The collars were design as part of a performative installation during Milan
Furniture Fair. Enacted by a group of architects occupying an open plan
environment, the collars acted as spatial isolators. Each collar narrows the
field of vision, therefore forcing their
wearer to focus on solely on the task in front of them. The 15 individual
handmade, white leather masks are to be worn on the head. The variations
expressed between each model came about through the observation of different
actions undertaking whilst working, such as taking calls, looking up whilst
thinking and looking down whilst sketching.