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ExtraOrdinary: Chair Hacks

Chelsea College of Arts Interior Design summer show 2019
Chelsea College of Arts Interior Design summer show 2019
Kristy Noble,
BA (Hons) Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
Written by
Mica Lawrence
Published date
28 November 2019

Chelsea’s BA Interior Design IKEA furniture project encourages methods of re-appropriation to transform ordinary items into iconic pieces.

Students are introduced to the process of making objects, in particularly to thinking about the behaviours of the individuals that use them, and how this informs design. The creative brief was to re-appropriate and customise a flat pack IKEA chair for a specific domestic ritual.

Students worked in groups to give the chairs, not just function, but character and meaning informed by personal, social, political and cultural experiences. Designs included chairs for cocktails, foot binding and fishing. One even, rather morbidly, included a guillotine. The project saw the students explore material, culture, practice and design anthropology.

Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, anglers chair by Kevin Ge and Soomin Cho
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, anglers chair by Kevin Ge and Soomin Cho - Credit: Photo by Kristy Noble Caption
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, cocktail_chair_Serae Tulloch and Davide Zonta
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, cocktail_chair_Serae Tulloch and Davide Zonta - Credit: Photo by Kristy Noble Caption
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, foot binding chair by Scarlett Watt, Kwok Jong and Solmaz Shoukohi
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, foot binding chair by Scarlett Watt, Kwok Jong and Solmaz Shoukohi - Credit: Photo by Kristy Noble Caption
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, FDA & BA Interior Design, Guillotine chair by Gigi Elliot and Meera Jairaj
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, Guillotine chair by Gigi Elliot and Meera Jairaj Caption
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, Mirror Chair, by Camille Girardet and Almine Leclerc
Hacker chairs ritual project FDA and BA Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, Mirror Chair, by Camille Girardet and Almine Leclerc - Credit: Photo by Kristy Noble Caption

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