Two weeks ago, we brought you "Binary Table 01" by BRC Designs, a coffee table made out of salvaged electronics. Designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell is back with the next two pieces in the Binary series (though we can't promise he will continue on a binary release schedule), chairs 01 and 02 (short for BNR011000110110100001100001011010010111001001- 00110001 and BNR011000110110100001100001011010010111001001- 00110010, respectively).
Like the table, the chairs are made from re-purposed computer equipment—veritable fossils of the Information Age—inside and out:
The Understucture for both the Binary Chair 01 and Binary Chair 02 are made from the same outdated industrial printer which was disassembled and then riveted together and bent to the proper form. The surfaces of the chairs are completely covered with a collage of motherboards, computer chips, lcd screens and hard drive disks held in place by sheet metal screws. The chair also has an interactive quality as the hard drive disks can be spun, the telephone keys and other buttons can be pressed, and the antennae raised and adjusted. The Binary Chair 01 also has a glass panel showing the inside of the chair which can be revealed by removing the back seat cushion.
Reverse & detail of Binary Chair 01: "The Cushion Cover for the Binary Chair 01 is constructed from computer ribbon cables which have been weaved together."
"The seating surface for the Binary Chair 02 is composed of ethernet cables which have been stripped down to the wires and then weaved in a slightly random configuration in order to complement the chair. The wires are held in place at the sides of the seat by grounding wire clamps."
Again, we look forward to seeing these designs in person at the ICFF in a month. Speaking of which, keep your eyes peeled for our forthcoming annual NY Design Week guide!
Under the cushion of Binary Chair 01
Binary Chair 02 in progress