We have seen many material experiments lately, but none are quite as daring as Numen's Tuft Pula - an extraordinary inverted couch hanging in Croatia. The temporary exhibit is hard to define: it looks like a marriage between a four-sided horn and an indented cross (which is befitting for its current home in the former Pula church), and it's lined with red carpet made out of tufted tape!
Numen explained that TUFT resulted from an evolution of the tape concept into something more self-standing and transferable. They created the primary form with adhesive tape, which was then divided into two-dimensional segments that enabled traditional tufting technology. It was made in a Croatian factory before it was transferred to its present location.
The installation’s exterior was deliberately made to have an industrial feel – like something we’d see in a Mad Max film – so that it would contrast with the plush red interior. Numen likens the installation to an inverted couch that encourages self-reflection, especially given that it is hanging four meters above ground. Although perfectly safe, this temporary program is quite unnerving at first, but it doesn’t take long to settle down and enjoy the view!