Real Life Tetris by Michael Johansson
Sigurd Larsen found his path in life relatively early on. “I played Lego into my teenage years,” the Danish designer and architect recalls. “Even today I sometimes use Lego to make models.” These days, however, he’s found more materials to turn his ideas into reality, and that also includes people. “As an architect working with spaces, I´ve been very inspired how Michael Johansson works with three-dimensional objects and almost turns them two-dimensional,” Larsen says. The Danish designer and Swedish artist had never met before, but found an instant connection while snooping around an old junk market in Berlin.
Johansson is known for working with discarded objects, which he collects and methodically converts into sculptures that a particularly artistic hoarder might make. Sometimes the result is as small as a table, sometimes as big as a house. “Maybe you can call it real-life Tetris,” Johansson says. “I take used objects because they kind of lived a life before I find them. By combining them I almost create a fake history that never happened.”