America by Constantin Boym

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Taxicab Chair_ 2001, prototypes. This design took inspiration from beaded seat covers, favored by the New York taxicab and van drivers. Instead of being placed on a chair, here the seat cover becomes a chair. Oversized wooden balls, either left in their natural state, or painted in random 15 colors, serve as functional decoration. Not surprisingly, the chair is very comfortable and pleasant to sit on. Taxicab Chair_ 2001, Prototypen. Die Idee zu diesen Entwürfen lieferten die unter New Yorker Lieferwagen- und Taxifahrern beliebten Autositzauflagen aus Holzperlen.

Mit einem kleinen gestalterischen Eingriff lässt sich eine simple Konservendose in einen glänzenden Vorratsbehälter verwandeln. Wir brauchten drei Jahre und mehrere Sitzungen mit Alberto Alessi, um ihn für unsere Idee zu erwärmen. Das endgültige Design wurde von der Firma überarbeitet, um den Behälter noch „geschliffener“ und – möglicherweise – kommerziell erfolgreicher zu machen. 61 62 Salvation Ceramics_ 2000, produit par Moooi, 2002. Dans notre société Kleenex, la durée de vie moyenne des objets d’usage courant est courte.

Le ruban adhésif en polypropylène industriel (couramment utilisé pour fermer les cartons) supporte un poids d’environ 140 kg, ce qui nous semblait largement suffisant pour un siège. Nous avons trouvé ce matériau en consultant des catalogues industriels, où nous avons aussi découvert des outils insolites pour tendre, sceller et couper. Strap Furniture_ 1999, prototypes. Strap Furniture resulted from our experimentation with discarded packaging materials. Industrial polypropylene strapping tape (commonly used for securing the cartons) is designed to withstand the weight of at least 300 lb, which seemed perfectly suited for a sitting surface.

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