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A slightly older desk chair helps with the helicopter view that is often missed in a regular office.
Pieces of DNA from very different chairs have been fused, through exquisite gene techniques and with my pencils as a microsurgical tools, into a new piece of furniture for a somewhat more outlandish couple. Obviously, the entourage cannot be left behind. It’s good that I have trouble throwing things away.
Cees Braakman‘s SB02 is an unexpectedly rich source of ideas. It’s amazing how a casual discovery can yield such a series of images. For years I saw this SB02 with some regularity until at some point I noticed the resemblance of the placement of the screws to fix the backrest with eyes and mouth or nose. Drawn for the first time in the portrait series. Kijk! is also one of the earlier ones in this area. Some other designs also turned out to have these ‘facial features’: Backman, Couple or Portrait 33. Or what about ‘Encounter II‘.
What happened here? A break that much is certain, but can an accident be the gateway to another dimension? Is that what happened here? A kind of luck in the face of an accident, although it is not immediately clear what the profit is for this specific chair?
When falling turns into a choreography with a carefully orchestrated place for all in the whole, the memory fades and the biblical story becomes a myth, and this composition the new reality. Everyday chairs next to icons from the design world, all the same and all different. Painted shadows compete with real shadows , providing a pleasant tingle that subtly changes with the passing of the hours.
This so-called button chair is a very common chair with many local varieties such as the Drentse or Brabant button chair. Relatively easy made just about anywhere, this was a godsend for the less wealthy environments by using readily available cheap materials. Maybe by far the most renowned example although without a knob, is the one painted by Vincent van Gogh ‘Chair with pipe‘ in the collection of the National gallery in London.
Is a frame drawn here to select a part for editing or an image, as is done on a computer? Or is the drawn chair growing out of its jacket?
Reluctantly, the maker here enters the third dimension and at the same time it remains a drawing on the wall. What is another list and how and when do you use it?
After having drawn the De SBo2 by Cees Braakman many times in several ways, it is actually strange looking back that only after the Pinocchio, Pinocchio II and Pinocchio III saw the light of day, I made the connection between a pencil that just touches the paper and exactly in the right place, so that such a pencil actually becomes a Pinocchio together with the drawing. Now then it is only a matter of because still to be recorded, literally that is.
Is a drawn chair just as much chair? Mentally, yes, then it is the image in your head. But if you want to sit on it? I find this crossing from concept to image to archetype and back again very fascinating. See, for example, the drawing ‘Strip’.
Conceived in an edition of 5, the first from 2017 has been sold. These four are all just completed. Of course I can make one in English, French, etc.
Gerrit Rietveld, as a furniture maker and architect, naturally had a strong preference for three dimensions. So it’s no surprise that this design of his, the military chair, frees itself from the limitations of two dimensions.