A Milanese Foley

the sound and background noise of objects

William S. Burroughs in an experimental text from 1962, championed the misuse of common objects in order to create political actions, incite riots and demonstrations as subversion in the everyday through performance.

For Milanese Foley, Nelly Ben Hayoun- Stépanian with the participation of Foley Artist Sue Harding, recorded Milan Design Week’s “background noise” and manufactured processes and actions to engage the audience with the experience of listening and perverting Design. Frozen romaine lettuce, gelatin, corn starch and coconut shells are used to do so…


What is Foley? Foley is the making, design and performance of everyday and background sounds, usually happening in the filmmaking discipline. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene.

Milanese Foley is a Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios production 2012

Commissioned by La Rinascente and curator Beatrice Galilée as part of " Hacked exhibition: 100 hours of rebellious imagination", Milan Furniture Fair

Production Manager for Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios: Maria Ines Chevallier

Composition's Layout by Stuart Bannocks

With the participation and kind support of Foley Artists: Sue Harding, Julien Pirrie and David Poulton.

Many thanks to Goldcrest Studio in London (www.goldcrestpost.com), and Universal Sound Studio-Phillip Barrett (universalsound.co.uk)