Newly arrived and archived publications on chairs 🪑 and more - come read at Bungee Space!
One and ... How Many Chairs? （Inspired by One and Three Chairs by Joseph Kosuth, 1965）
Chairs center us to suit themselves, and therefore define our bodies to make themselves essential to our sexuality;
Chairs are spies invented by the non-organic holy ghost of the State, architecture;
‘Chair,’ the mispronounced ‘Cathedral,’ reinforces a political concept that is not on our side of liberation every time we speaks of the word itself ...
Durham, Jimmie. “Chapter One: ‘A Kind of Upright Gravestone: Hence, also a Pillar’ ” Jimmie Durham: Between the Furniture and the Building (between a Rock and a Hard Place) , 1998, pp. 124–132.
But anyways ...
Grab a chair,
take a seat,
and read ...
The Chair Affair
Speaking of chair and sexuality, yes, chairs are not only intimate with ourselves - The Chair Affair is a sexual emancipation of chairs promoted by a series of photos of chairs in Kamasutra positions and some short erotic fiction.
The anatomy of our bodies requires sitting; but do we design seats in the same way? Has our meaning of sitting been colonised by Modern design? And how is the diverse, social-cultural act of sitting itself reflected in this functional commodity?
This book is an intimate portrait of Cairo, seen from the thousands of street chairs on its sidewalks and the people who occupy them.
These far from perfect, used chairs, which populate Cairo’s sidewalks, speak of the city from below. Acting at times as zoom and as wide-angle lenses, the street chairs are used in this book as tools to explore intimate details and collective aspects of the city. If strictly speaking Sidewalk Salon Cairo is a photographic documentation of original chairs from the streets of Cairo, in a larger sense it deals with the material and human dimensions of a layer of the city.
In addition to the polaroid photographs of the street chairs, various stories were gathered. Interviews with chair users as well as short pieces of fiction and poems inspired by street chairs, commissioned for this project, bring us closer to the occupants and owners of street chairs.
Measuring up chairs to the extent that they seem to generate a life of their own; through a character derived from inner qualities beyond any man-conceived sphere, Lucas Maassen (also the author of The Chair Affair and Rietveld by the People: DIY Modernism) creates an imaginative order.
Reminiscing the format of a catalogue Archetypes and Residues documents such ordinary objects as chairs, doors, mirrors and table frames repurposed by artist Thomas Raat–some of which retain their original formal states, while others are intentionally recreated.