Plastic Chair in Wood

Year: 2008
Material: elm wood
Gallery: Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai

In 2008, Contrasts Gallery asked several European designers to take a contemporary approach on traditional crafting techniques from China.

“To me, ‘made in China’ has a double connotation: it stands for cheap, plastic mass products and, at the same time, labour intensive traditional fine craftsmanship, like Chinese calligraphy, paintings, porcelains and intricate carvings. Moreover, China is known for making copies of original works. By copying a typical cheap, plastic mass product like the famous monobloc chair into a labour-intensive hand carved object, I tried to capture all these characteristics in one chair.”

Collection: Neue Sammlung, Victoria & Albert Museum