The Standard – Presenting ICA × Artek × Fischli/Weiss

Artek has once again teamed up with London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA, to produce an artists’ edition by Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss. Featuring Artek’s Stool 60 designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, Peter Fischli & David Weiss’s 21 Questions (2021) is the second in an ongoing series between the ICA and Artek.

21 Questions pairs the timeless stool with a bespoke t-shirt whose labels feature 21 selected excerpts from David and Peter’s Questions, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.

Find out more about the collaboration here

21 Questions maps a universe of existential concerns, from seemingly playful enquiries – ‘Should I buy a big hammer?’, ‘What’s in a dog that enjoys lying in the sun?’ – to more psychological and philosophical mysteries – ‘Can I re-establish my innocence?’, ‘Is it dangerous to dream of another life all the time?’.

A multifarious and playful object, 21 Questions is at once a fashion item, a piece of modernist functional design and – when combined – a sculpture. The edition of Stool 60 is available to purchase directly from the ICA.

Image credit: Fischli/Weiss, 21 Questions, Stool 60, 2021, Design Alvar Aalto, ICA × Artek
Image: Todd White