Hard Maple, Kraft Paper - Spring 20109
For the second chair, I decided to change significantly the variables I would be working with. Instead of dealing with a large group of people, I worked with my roommate, Madeleine Dodge, someone I am familiar with and that I know I can work with well. The result of limiting my interaction as designer to one individual led to a more finalized concept and a very developed chair. When one invites another person to participate in the process of design, the result can be unexpected and interesting. She saw this ‘event’ as an opportunity to recreate a memory in the form of a chair from her childhood. We designed the chair together, so even though it had all the specifications she requested, this new chair looked nothing like that chair from her childhood. This chair has details that recall the original chair, but its overall design allows it to become its own object. In comparison to the Deconstructed Chair, Maddy’s Chair is the result of an extensive and involved design process, one which allowed me to openly acknowledge a second viewpoint within my design practice.
With time, individuals filter details, and it is the fleeting impressions left that remind us of the objects in our past. The material specifics of an object might escape our mind, but the way a chair felt, sounded or looked will leave an impression.
March 25th, 2010
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
330 Wickenden Street
- Participation of one.
- Extensive designer/participant interaction.
- Event as culmination of design process.