New Rich, a collaboration between Swiss clothing designer +41 and the Swiss- and Belgium-based design team Big Game, debuted this month at Cologne's International Furniture Fair. Un-democratizing objects like ballpoint pens, thumbtacks, and iPod headphones, the collection exalts the mundane, transforming near-disposable commodities into coveted pieces and highlighting the intrinsic value of already-ingenious design elements. A continuation of questions posed by Big Game's first line, "Heritage in Progress," that riffed on traditional 19th-century furniture and home decor, their work touches on issues of class, status, and design itself.
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