What better example of the marriage of art & function can there be than the commonplace chair? We all want one. We all need one. This post explores the Art of the Chair.
The Caldera Chair designed by Cameron Van Dyke. A caldera, according to Encarta Dictionary, is “a large crater in a volcano, caused by a major eruption followed by the collapse of the volcanic pipe walls that form the volcano’s cone. It may later contain a lake.” Van Dyke’s chair certainly lives up to its name. But is it comfortable?
The London Design Festival reflects the growing worldwide recognition of the power of design to change things for the better, to help deliver economic prosperity and to improve quality of life. The 2008 festival addressed the widest possible range of design disciplines including furniture made from balloons.
According to TreeHugger.com:
Niels Schuurmans’ Balloon Furniture was one example of whimsy taken to the extreme. He took those long tubular balloons that clowns usually use for making balloon poodles and filled them with fiber reinforced polyester; which made them hard and solid. You can sit on them; they are not very comfy, but they would be colourful and witty outside on a balcony or deck.
Recognize the reference to Belgian surrealist painter René François-Ghislain Magritte and his painting, The Son of Man (1964)? I wonder if the Magritta chair lives up to the standards of Magritte’s surrealism, whose artworks feature the elements of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and the non sequitur?
Sketch Furniture by FRONT uses a unique method to design furniture. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.
Decorative stuffed animal chairs from the Campana Studio are a fitting accompaniment to grown furniture. Make sure to check out the website of Fernando and Humberto Campana. It’s really quite amazing. Via InventorSpot.com.
Gallery 202, Partners in Art, Inc. is an Ohio-based non-profit art organization that specializes in community art programs for all ages and encourages the interaction between Artists, Patrons and Businesses. Go here to learn of their Chair Is Art exhibit.
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