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Why to design another chair? March 14, 2009

Posted by ieva in Uncategorized.

Why not? 100 chairs in 100 days by Gamper Martino.

Doung Anwar Jahangeer (he won the South award for his mobile, fold-away shop)

A couple of years ago I had a very different point of view. I wanted to do design. I could imagine myself doing all kinds of things except designing a chair. I thought that the world is already full of furniture. So- why should I contribute to this over production?! I still think there is too much stuff around, but… If I’m planning to spend at least next 10 years working as a designer, there are chances somebody will ask me to do that. So, it’s time to get prepared. At the Design Academy we have to design a chair for De Witte Tafel restaurant in Eindhoven (the chosen one will be produced). And I have to say that I even enjoy the process!

Marcel Breure Vassily chair.

Its true that there are soooo many chairs around that it is a real challenge to create something new and exciting, that would would have an added value. It is vary rare that a new chair gets my attention. Most of the things we see around are just replicas of what we’ve seen before or uncomfortable egocentric creations of people who call themselves designers.

I found a blog that shows recent (mostly) creations in chair design, and I find it quite fun to look at. You can check it out here .

Last weekend I saw a great installation by Danish art group Superflex in Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.

Copy right chair installation.

So, I take a deep breath and keep on going with MY chair.



1. Rihards - March 15, 2009

if you think about siting, don’t think about chair

2. balticdesign - March 15, 2009

Ok. I make a chair but I’m thinking of a hammock (well, it’s me..).

3. saskia - March 16, 2009

good that you are doing extensive research. I also need to go this month to the museum for arthistoryclass. I’ll let you know what I thought about it.

4. undressdesign - March 20, 2009

Chair is supposed for sitting.
If you still keep that as a priority, then it is important to understand – what kind of sitting.
May be more than in other pieces of furniture, good ergonomics are very important for a chair.
But in any case, it is worth to try, experience, get mad of the difficulties and obsessed of dreaming…and at the end – sit in your own chair.

5. balticdesign - March 21, 2009

Thanks for encouragement! (;

6. Stacking chairs - July 19, 2011

How much back area does a chair actually need?

Some great research!

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