Florian Busco aims to conjure feelings of chunky, analog nostalgia through his gadget sculptures.
28-year old Florian Busco is a Berlin based graphic and textile designer born in the 80s. He, like anyone that remembers the 80s, knows a thing or two about the iconic gadgets that have brought so much pleasure to past generations.
Now referred to as “vintage technology” Florian wanted to conjure feelings of chunky, analog nostalgia through his collection of paper sculptures of cassettes, Gameboys and the like, titled “Pretty Things.”
He explains the project:
In 2008 I wanted to do a project about life in my hometown, Berlin. The city has become really popular in the last years but I doubt that any of those tourists know what it means to grow up in Berlin or what life here is really about. I wanted to focus on a space in Berlin where people like me really feel at home. I started taking pictures in a friends apartment. He is one of those guys who records music on old four track machines and buys cheap instruments on ebay, like plastic keyboards or toy instruments for kids. He still uses an old Amiga to program beats on and -of course – has some old video games, like the old NES (including the zapper), Game Boy classic or Sega master system. I soon realised that this passion for obsolete cheap machines is not a specific Berlin phenomenon. There is a worldwide interest. I was just attracted by the shapes of those objects and began building paper replicas in original size.
Today our lifes are surrounded by incredibely flat, compact, multifunctional and boring machines. There is a basic human need for real, analog and touchable things just look at the huge success of that lomo plastic crap!