‘A cage went in search of a bird’, Kafka
Working retroactively from a bird, the birdhouse is a reflection on contextual design. The Eame’s House Bird, a staple of Eames’ furniture photographs in the 1950s that became synonymous with their household domesticity, is given here a Bird House, an ovoid hybrid between a cage and a house. The House is formed by hundreds of empty stray brass bullets collected from Lebanon’s various hunting geographies despite the hunting ban in effect since 1994. 2500 bullets were placed piece by piece around a welded brass shell by local steel welders and craftsmen. The limited edition object alludes to the paradox of birth and death and the uncertainty of life in times of war.