Toiletpaper Paradise at Cadillac House: Bad Taste Never Looked So Good

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Toiletpaper Paradise at Cadillac House: Bad Taste Never Looked So Good

Toiletpaper Magazine and Visionaire partnered to bring the super campy exhibit Toiletpaper Paradise into fruition and have delivered a trippy, surreal experience.

With the exhibition located at Cadillac House in the creative-centric Hudson Square and open seven days a week to the public, millennials and gen-z kids are flocking in droves to this interactive installation to capture killer Instagram posts.

Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos, the creative dream team behind Visionaire, conceived the idea with Toiletpaper Magazine’s founders Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. Cattelan and Ferrari, both Italian and enfant terribles of the contemporary art world, have been churning out irreverent visuals at Toiletpaper Magazine since its inception in 2010. Last December at Art Basel Miami Beach, the duo created a mini-installation at a gallery booth that drew a social media frenzy. Dean then approached the two artists to recreate an expanded version of the installation in New York.


The exhibit, which debuted during NYFW in February, resembles a vintage singles dreampad. Though dubbed ‘Mad Men on acid,’ it’s more of a ‘‘Pillow Talk on speed” with its feminine boudoir touches. In the bedroom, a mirrored vanity stand supplied with perfume bottles and a mint green rotary phone has been a go-to gramming spot for girls. A kitschy floral duvet cover is spread over a king-sized bed with a red tufted velvet headboard. Throughout the “apartment,” funky couches are paired with spaghetti-and-meatballs patterned wallpaper in the living room, while a quirky aquatic theme takes over the bathroom and includes an exercise bike.

Cadillac House hired Dean and Kaliardos to oversee the space’s arts programming; Toiletpaper Paradise has been their fifth exhibit so far. Previous shows have included a Richard Avedon video exhibit featuring his most iconic imagery. So, what happens after Toiletpaper Paradise ends? Design items from the show will be up for sale and available online.


Toiletpaper Paradise will be on view through April 12, 2017 at Cadillac House in New York.