Chair Research

One object I want to do more research for was a chair. Chairs a so symbolic in so many societies, they can formulate hierarchies and delegate power. Kings, queens, politicians families, Gods, they all have chairs for various social/ political endeavours. I also feel that chairs, are a source for the mind to relax and take hold, and allow for our bodies to rest.

Damocles

The story of Damocles is less specifically about the chair, and more about what it represents, and what chair enforces to those whom sit upon it. A throne is a centre piece for a reason, so everyone can look to you for answers more easily.

The Iron throne

Yes the iron throne is fictional, but in all of fiction, it is rare a piece of furniture commands such presence and power. Yes this is a throne, but it is more than that. Its design is that of power and function. All those swords melted upon it, are like trophies to its sitter.  And no to mention it was intended to be uncomfortable to the sitter so whom ever sat on it, would sit up right and pay attention to their duties of ruling. 

 

De Stijl

This chair is definitely ugly, that is for sure. I do find myself wondering why it matters what a chair looks like, at the end of the day one would find themselves enjoying a comfortable chair a lot more than a pretty one. Then again, one could look upon this as a sculpture even though that was never the artists intent. The use of primary colours and basic (or lack there of joins displays the artist sought simplicity.

Canvas Chair

I think this is my favourite, I cant decide if I would have one in my home, But what I find this strikes is this almost surreal marriage of the 2D an 3D worlds. Yes it is an optical illusion, theres a steel frame hiding behind all of that. Why am I so allured?

Its like you are reaching into the canvas and taking from it. So clever!

http://yoy-idea.jp/works/canvas/

A rocking chair that generates light. I guess this could fall into the category of Chindogu products.

http://www.designboom.com/project/murakami-chair/

A chair that doubles as a helmet. Also kind of looks like a potty..

http://mamoris.me/#id0

Self inflating go anywhere chair? ok…

The ‘Stiletto Chair’ by Ronald Thompson, This chair is made out of a large amount of human hair. Thompson, who has styled the locks of many Miss World contestants, was inspired to recycle hair after working on the set of the film “Batman Begins.” He stretched a piece of fibreglass, which snapped. He did the same thing to a strand of hair, which withstood far more stretching.

He learned that one strand of hair can support 8,750 times its own weight, a head of hair can support over 13 tons and that hair can double its own length before breaking.

Lab work led to a product called Pilius X, the structural basis for the chair and his other proposed inventions. It’s a hair-based bio-polymer mixed with a recyclable bio-resin.

 

 

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