Plenty of pesky flies on Claire

Metalsmith Claire Davies has always loathed bog-standard bog design. “Some loos are so horrible I’d rather not go at all,” says Davies, who is interested in the lav as an area for design potential.

Her Pesky Flies toilet roll dispenser was inspired during a long bath, when she was immersed in toilet associations.

“Flies came to mind, especially their association with something beginning with S – it’s obnoxious really,” says Davies, currently artist-in-residence at Coventry University. Her gold-leaf flies give a “textural carpet effect – you can’t really see they’re flies until you’re on the loo”.

The dispensers cost ú140 each and can be seen at Brighton Pavilion’s Dazzle exhibition from 4 May to 4 June.

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