Ash - Spring 2010
The White Chair acts mostly as a stepping-stone towards future projects of a ‘collaborative nature’. I was dumbfounded by the notion of having to create one last ‘culminating’ chair. The idea of making a chair that would exemplify collaboration within design became an overwhelming roadblock, but once I acknowledged the fact that this last chair did not have to be the end of my interests in collaboration, I decided to build again with spontaneity. For the chair frame, I was interested in revisiting elements from some of the chairs that were made earlier in the project, specifically, the rounded surfaces of Maddy’s Chair and the proportions of the Branded Chair. I was also interested in involving people, but given the time frame I was worried that this last chair would become a burden for others rather than a fun side project. I asked friends to paint some anonymous parts of my chair white. I did not specify what kind of white, although I did ask that it was as flat and as permanent as possible. For example, saying ‘make it white’, as opposed to ‘paint it white’ would have allowed for more freedom of materials, making the assembly of the chair more difficult. Furthermore, by limiting the variable to one specific action, that of painting something white, I was hoping to push people to seek as varied solutions as possible within a small range. The result was a white chair that almost acts as a rainbow. Even when the options seem so limited, the truth remains that the inclusion of other minds will make the result more surprising.
May 24th, 2010
Throughout the day
- Specific task, open to interpretation
- Many participants working separately