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.
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