London designers Tom Dixon and Es Devlin and provocateur Max Siedentopf are among 19 artists and makers who have reimagined an easy wooden chair as part of the 19 Chairs charity job.
Organised by London designers Tom and Will Butterfield, the task started throughout the coronavirus lockdown last spring when the 2 brothers produced 19 different variations of the “gloriously common furniture piece” utilizing only 27-by 27-millimetre square area wood and wood screws.
Top image: Harry Grundy embedded a cactus into his seat. Above: Benjamin Edgars chair is titled Tired, but Quite OptimisticIn phase 2 of the job these chairs were sent off to be adapted by creatives from different disciplines around the world, with each getting a different seat. The resulting designs will be auctioned off to raise cash for Age UK, a charity committed to helping the elderly.
” We asked them to transform, reimagine or redesign their chair with an older individual in mind,” Tom Butterfield informed Dezeen.
” The quick was a nod to the exceptional work of Age UK, connecting our collaborators with those experiencing the separating impacts of the pandemic most deeply.”
Photographer Henry Gorse dressed a chair in Werthers Original sweets
Some individuals took the brief quite literally, with professional photographer Henry Gorse cladding his chair in Werthers Original sweets, which for numerous Brits are related to sees to their grandparents.
He used the caramels golden-brown wrappers to cover the frame and glued rows and rows of the real candy along the seat and backrest to develop a textured surface similar to a wood-beaded vehicle seat cover.
Nicole McLaughlins booster chair is padded with newspapersSimilarly, New York designer Nicole McLaughlin, who ended up being popular on Instagram for her not likely upcycling jobs, used old, rolled-up newspapers and foam inserts to pad out the seat, while clear storage pouches slung over the armrests accommodate crossword puzzles and a magnifying glass to “work out the mind”.
Rather than customizing his chair to a generic concept of an older person and their choices, Dixon adjusted his for one specific person– retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
19 Chairs project sees Tom Dixon, Morag Myerscough and others personalize chairs made throughout lockdown
” He included panels to the backrest and arms prior to covering the chair in tin foil and aluminium foil tape,” stated Will Butterfield. “Taking inspiration from Apollo 12s Lunar Module Intrepid, the foil wrapping ends up being immediately recognisable.”
Dutch artist Helmut Smits turned a single chair into two strolling stay with encourage routine workout, while London-based Harry Grundy embedded a cactus into the seat for a comparable result.
Tom Dixon developed his Foil chair for Buzz AldrinOthers focused instead on improving the comfort of the wooden chairs, with Sabine Marcelis wrapping the seat and backrest in clear rubber sleeves and British designer Ashley Williams creating a series of upholstered panels utilizing the exact same patchwork strategy she typically includes into her dresses.
Setup style studio Isabel + Helen developed a whole cocooning machine and placed the chair on a revolving platform at its centre, enabling it to be slowly encapsulated in yarn with each transformation.
” The chairs skeleton ends up being framed within the machines securely woven web, producing a soft outer shell for the angular chair,” the duo explained.
Es Devlin turned a two-seater into a revolving lightJoe Lycett, a British comedian and artist, entirely dismantled his seating style and wrote tongue-in-cheek, IKEA-style instructions for the new owner on how it can be rebuilt, consisting of such instructions as “insert nail into hole one carefully and kindly and with grace” and “call Alan to tell him you have his Alan secret”.
Another accomplice of designers simply made over the chair in their hallmark design, with Morag Myerscough using ripstop material and acrylic paint to transform hers into a surge of colour.
London-based James Shaw applied his characteristic swirls of recycled, multicoloured plastic using a self-built extruding maker.
Cocoon by Isabel + Helen sees a chair wrapped in yarnA variety of participants took a more abstract method, taking the chairs apart and utilizing them to form totally different items.
Es Devlin changed her two-seater into a revolving light, betraying her longstanding fascination with light and motion, while Siedentopf simply sent out the Butterfields back a plant in a terracotta pot rather of the chair, suggesting he had turned it back into a “more youthful and rebellious variation of itself”.
Joe Lycett took his chair apart and created IKEA-style instructions for reassemblyChicago-based Benjamin Edgar revamped his chair to act more as a “portrait of a minute in time”, reconfiguring its slatted seat to droop down as if exhausted however colouring it in a “remarkably optimistic blue”.
Likewise participating in the job are painter Antony Williams, Chicago artist Brandon Carlton, carver Wilfrid Wood, French illustrator Jean Jullien and milliner Emma Brewin.
10 designs that reimagine the modest toilet roll holder
Pandemic-permitting, the 19 Chairs project is set to be exhibited at Londons Protein Studios in April, while a parallel online charity auction– for which the Butterfields are still seeking sponsors– will raise funds for Age UK along with the Resourcing Racial Justice fund.
The Sun Chair was created by Morag MyerscoughAt the end of in 2015, Los Angeles gallery Marta recruited a variety of designers including Marcelis and Martino Gamper, to reimagine another common household item– the modest toilet roll holder.
The aim was to help people end up being more mindful of utilizing bathroom tissue and its significant environmental impact.
Photography is by Alecio Ferrari.