Alejandro Aravena designed the Chairless, a seating device for the modern nomad, for Vitra. It’s just a strap of fabric which you put around your knees and back. Alejandro was inspired by a picture of an Ayoreo Indian sitting with such a strap. This is definitely not a typical Vitra product.
A part of the proceeds will be used to support the “Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities”.
“Cinderella’s Chair” by Anna Ter Haar is a collection of chairs with prostheses made of glass. Each prothesis was blown onto the chair to make fit perfectly. Glass however, is a very fragile material but the legs of glass are strong enough to carry weight.
In 2004, Simon Faithfull was commissioned to do a live event by The Arts Catalyst for its Artists Airshow. He decided to launch a weather balloon with a chair attached to it. The audience could follow the live video feed on a large screen. A typical art project.
In 2009, the advertising agency Grey London did The Space Chair Project for their client Toshiba. They also launched a chair with a weather balloon, except that they used HD cameras to create the highest HD TV ad in the world. But somehow they don’t mention Simon Faithfull anywhere …
Update: According to this article, Simon was part of the team who did the ad.
Escape Vehicle No 6 by Simon Faithfull (2004)
The Space Chair Project
The Making of Space Chair
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