Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Bastard Chairs of China












MICHAEL WOLF’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF WHAT HE CALLS “the bastard chairs of China” challenge the notion of our standard definition of a chair. Cobbled together from whatever debris and flotsam is available, there is something to be learned here—that a chair is a chair is a chair. And while we can appreciate the beauty and art of what we call “designer” chairs throughout history and today, when all is said and done, what matters is that we have a place to rest our bones.

From the book “Sitting in China” published by Steidl in the fall of 2002, distributed by D.A.P. in the United States by Michael Wolf.

Via “An Ambitious Project Collapsing,” here.

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true indeed, great post, I myself have utilized the strangest items as chairs,I once sat on a stack of egg cartons, that went lower with time, so you need to add more cartons every once in a while :)

Jim Linderman said...

nice!

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Love that the first one is wearing slippers, but the three legged tree stump is perfection.

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