Meat balloons by ODL

3 Jun


“At the japan premium beef storefront, chicago-based design studio ODL (object design league) have created a meat-themed installation of their ‘balloon factory’, with balloons that take the form of sausages and steak cuts. The installation was curated by sight unseen as part of the NoHo design district during new york design week.

The ODL team creates their own balloon formers, which are primed with soap before being dipped into latex. The thin coat of rubber that adheres to the surface becomes the actual balloon. while it is still wet, latex colours can be mixed or the balloon can be hand-painted to achieve various visual effects. once dry the rubber is leached and vulcanized to be strengthened for inflating. in all, each balloon takes about three hours to produce.

The meat balloons at japan premium beef are shaped like sausages and different cuts of steak: porterhouse, flank, filet mignon, and T-bone. all use an initial clear latex, dripped with red, pink, and brown. steven haulenbeek, caroline linder, Michael Savona, and lisa smith of ODL left some pieces on butcher trays in the store window, while others they inflated, tied with twine, and twisted together to hang.

ODL explains: ‘this iteration extends the original ‘balloon factory’ project and carries a strong reference to the intricate fake food prevalent in restaurant windows in japan.’ A limited edition run of 40 meat balloons are available for sale at the ODL web shop“.








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