Highlights of chair related texts and media made and consumed during the NO-CHAIR-DESIGN Campaign. The campaign hoped to convince designers that “designing new chair is a waste of time”. This post was made in preparation of our campaign newsletter #2 and edits where made early 2013 as active work on the campaign ended.
1. “A Selection of DE-CHAIRIFICATIONS” De-chairification the process of removing chairs from images in which chairs are crucial. Here is a selection of notable chair related images before-and-after de-chairification. Take a look..
2. Chair for Torture and Pleasure Why do horror movies show empty chairs? Why do strippers do duo-acts with chairs? An illustrated round up discovering ways chairs have been used for terror and sex.
3. 3D Printers Effect on Environmental Thinking There is a story circulating out there that in the near future design will be manufactured with 3d printers. Some argue that this will save the economy.. But how will manufacturing by printing affect our environmental thinking?
4.On the topic of Chairs in Paintings Helsinki based painter and artist Iidu Tikkanen talks of her favorite chair themed paintings and attempts to answer an unfair question: Why do painters paint chairs in the first place?
5. “Confusing a Shopping Center with Invisible Chair”. An invisible chair was build to promote the NCD-Campaign for city dwellers. Here is a short review on how it was used and received in a shopping center in Jyväskylä.
6. “It’s is NOT about the Money anymore.” Hannu Lammi a buss-driver from Tampere, Finland enrolled to to the “Digger-Competition" 2011. He ended up sitting in a small digger situated in a shopping-center for some 180 days in hopes of winning it!
7. Happy Birthday Stefan Lindfors An invisible chair performance as a birthday present for a designer who has designed it all?! Back in the day Stefan Lindfors had his go on sustainable design.. Wanna learn how that went?
8. Pictorial from the Swingers Club for Mature Chairs Kääntöpöytä (Turntable) the Urban Farming Center of Pasila invited NCD-Campaign to run a workshop for repairing chairs in Pasila and more. During a long and cold weekend a Pasila region specific style of carpentry was born.
9. As I attempted to reach Kosuth.. We attempted to reach artist Joseph Kosuth the man behind the notorious “One and Three Chairs” (1965) artwork.. But given the nature of the creative industry it’s near impossible to reach practitioners how produced iconic art… even though your intentions are good. Here is what happened…
10. Contemporary Artist are trained in “The Art of Deconstruction". What is that about and when will construction and restoration become mainstream? A chair themed example of the deconstruction work is the “Der 5. Stuhl” by Eva Chytilek. Let’s use that as an example…
11. Economic Chaos Illustrated With Chairs. Coverage of the “PLASTIK FANTASTIK” (2012) piece by REFUNC which was presented at Manifesta 9.
12. Why NOT call Art projects Art? A recording made two months after the campaign started. A lengthy monologue gives some insight to motivations behind the campaign.
This article has been originally published in the NO-CHAIR-DESIGN tumbrl blog but is has been collected here for safe keeping.