German gallery Helmrinderknecht has just opened Chairs&Fireworks, a solo show of Catalan designer Martí Guixé, exhibiting three new chairs from his ongoing 'statement chairs" cycle, alongside a small collection of pieces about the "neglected subject of fireworks."
Pictured above is Respect Cheap Furniture:
The monobloc plastic chair is a phenomenon, which has already attracted and inspired many designers and artists and in fact contains many criteria of good design: it is cheap, democratic, robust, reasonable in technical production and convenient. But the classical monobloc chair has a very bad reputation. Following his work "Stop Discrimination of Cheap Furniture" from 2004, Guixé moves a step ahead in the defense of the monobloc chairs and postulates "Respect Cheap Furniture". The "Respect cheap furniture" chair will be availabe in a limited editon of 50.
"Centaurus", the third chair can be seen as a real designer chair. As designer chairs are often associated with the reputation and the person of the designer, Guixé's "Centaurus" chair brings chair and designer as close together as possible: here the designer becomes an integral physical part of the chair; subject and object become one and build a "designer chair." The "Centaurus" chair is available in a limited edition of 10.One more after the jump.
27 kg of Copper
The second chair is based on the subject of recycling. Copper is a material which can be almost completely and endlessly recycled —without a loss of quality. Each object made of copper can potentially change form, typology and context. Guixé's copper chair is not only a chair, but also represents possibilities of being any other object and therefore ultimately remains just "27 kg of Copper". The copper chair is available in a limitedÂ edition of 8.
September 26 - November 11, 2009
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.