Pili Wu, a Taiwanese Industrial Design student, does an interesting mash-up between an ubiquitous plastic stool and an expensive Qing Dynasty hardwood chair.
He writes on his website:
Plastic chairs and stools have been present for a very long time, yet interestingly nobody knows about the designer or inventor of plastic stools, but it’s cheap price, simple structure and fast production has enabled its popularity, so popular that it has turned into a “classic” design that nobody has every really noticed. Similarly, loop chair is another classic of traditional Chinese furniture, its elegant and reliable structure represents a certain social status and position. The naming of Plastic Classic, is aiming to redefine the design of such unknown “classical” cheap plastic stool; combining mass-produced cheap stool with a contradicting traditional loop chair of elegant structure and expensive imagery…
I’m not sure how stable it is now when compared with the original plastic stool (in the image above), but what a great exploration. I wonder though if we could reinterpret such an unnoticed “classic” object in a different way? I love to hear your thoughts?
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