Chairgate

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It all started with the Bondage Chair by Allen Jones.

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Which chair had to be remade by Bjarne Melgaard.

Last year the virtual world exploded when Russian socialite, fashionista and art collector Dasha Zhukova (married to Roman Abramowich) was pictured on Bjarne Melgaard’s version for an interview with Russian buro 24/7/. It was published on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. which was wideley misunderstood and critisized on the internet. See for instance the Hollywood Reporter.

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According to Art Info:

Melgaard and his dealer, Gavin Brown, are taking a different tack. In a statement sent to ARTINFO today, the pair called the photo of Zhukova “extraordinary” and said they “applaud both the sitter and the seated.” The duo goes on to say, “To fault the sitter, now in the age of the Anthroposcene, in the midst of extraordinary and REAL obscenities that threaten our actual existence, reflects a civilization that is not dying but already dead.”

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The Urban wrote about a photoshoot for the Sir NY spring collection with an answer to the Melgaard chair.

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And Pierluigi Vecchi linked me to a male white and male black models photo as an answer.
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Finally hmvm mentioned the Proportion London with Rick Owens male model submitting himself as a model for a chair. This may close the (chair)gate…

Update

Not entirely. As I discovered this comical cartoon by Dutch Cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer:
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Putin seated on Rutte, the Dutch prime minister. “Citius Altius Fortius” is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger”.

Non Slavery Throne by Gonçalo Mabunda

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Non Slavery Throne by Gonçalo Mabunda

Gonçalo Mabunda was born in Mozambique and lives and works in Maputo. The Non slavery Throne is made from welded weapons that are decommissioned. Currently it is on exhibition at the Arsenale in Venice as part of the 2015 Art Biennale of Venice.

Skinny Chairs by Jessica Harrison

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Skinny Chairs by Jessica Harrison

Jessica Harrison used a human skin alike material to create these creepy chairs.

Via iGNANT.de.

Binary Chair by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

Binary Chair by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

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Binary Chair by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

If, like Benjamin Rollins Caldwell of BRC design, you’re able to get Lady Gaga posing in your chair, you are doing a fine PR job.

The surface of the chair is completely covered with a collage of motherboards, computer chips, lcd screens and hard drive disks held in place by sheet metal screws. The chair also has an interactive quality as the hard drive disks can be spun, the telephone keys and other buttons can be pressed, and the antennae raised and adjusted.

Canvas Chair by YOY

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Canvas Chair by YOY against the wall

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Canvas Chair by YOY

Like a print or a painting you can hang these “Chairs” from a wall. They come in 3 variants: Chair, Sofa and stool. They were featured at Milan 2013. To seat you have to take them down and have them leaning against a wall.

YOY [jˈɔɪ] is a Tokyo based design studio composed by Naoki Ono, a spatial designer, and Yuki Yamamoto, a product designer. Started in 2011, their design theme is to create a new story between space and objects.

Images © yasuko furukawa