Introduction to a new category
I’ve been very busy under the hood of this blog (see also this post). Weeding out tons of bad links has the advantage of digging deeper into your old stuff. I came across my post Indexhibit (1) – Eric Ku. In the meantime I have seen a very interesting series of articles on Core77: about how 2 young New York City based designers had set up their business with huge success. They stressed the importance of starting with a professional web appearance while they were still prototyping in a shed. I’ll refer to those later. The main conclusion is that designers need to have guidance with their web presence. They may be decent designers, but they have to sell in order to be able to do what they want to do: creating wonderful design. Also while blogging, I’ve seen numerous bad designed sites and bad webdesign practices (PUT FLASH IN THE WASTEBASKET!) both from designers and from professional manufacturers and distributors. All while there is a very simple tool: Indexhibit. Also for me the Indexhibit community is a good source for new stuff. The conclusion is that before I write a page, and later maybe a book about good web practice for chair designers, I’ll start with a new category Indexhibit, just to make the readers aware what you can do with this simple tool. I migh start builing a site to see how easy or difficult it is. Off course there are other ways and solutions like for instance WordPress, but they (may) come in future posts.
As a sequel I’ve reactivated Chair Blog | Tumblr to be able to quickly make scraps of inter alia my new Indexhibit finds.
About Ori Yekutiel:
Designer, Artist, Craftsman. Born in 1981. Resides in Israel. In 2010 graduated with honors his studies of Industrial Design at the Bezalel’s Academy of Art & Design. Ori’s work is inspired by nature. From nature, he says, we can learn patience, modesty and how to find the harmony between functionality and beauty. It is not uncommon for “mistakes” to happened during the process of creation. These mistakes can became a source of inspiration and a turning point in the development of the project, that’s why one should keep his eyes end mind wide open to Seize such opportunities.
About Ori’s website
I believe Ori’s website is a good example of how you can present yourself in a professional way with very good photography. Navigation could be addressed a bit more precise.
Express yourself with the help of one of the cardboard stools by Remember – you have 29 unique designs + 2 kids’ versions to chose from and each would cost you only €16.90 (€14.90 for kids’). Easily and quickly assembled, the stool can also be used as a table and transformed back to its pre-assembled state after use.
Material: corrugated cardboard
Carrying capacity: 200 kgs (440 lbs)
Dimensions: 32,5 x 32,5 x 44,4 cm (12.8 x 12.8 x 17.5 “)
This week we had 3D design. We were supposed to make a smart chair. Something that you can transform, adjust, change as much as possible.
My chair model is made of cardboard and blue fabric. If the chair is folded, one person can sit on it. If you unfold it, it seats 6 people. You can push the first and the last cardboard pieces so that they will make a circle and you have a kind of sofa or you can just leave it unfolded. You can also pull apart the first and the last piece, so that you form two chairs connected with a tableâ€¦and a lot more.
Via Kaya.Creative.Works who was know as theonethatmatters.tumblr.com once
Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on November 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM
In surfing the internet for material for Chair Blog it helps me that I have a very associative mind. I was Googling pictures for “Burnt Rietveld”, because I noticed that I had no photos yet from Maarten Baas’s (in my view in)famous burned chair series which Maarten produced or maybe even created (I would avoid the term designed in this case) long before I started to blog here about chairs.
Nowadays I see several young designers piggy back on an illustrious predecessor’s name and produce a hack or an interpretation to create fame for themselves. I would say piggy back fame or media hype. I know I am a bit traditional in this sense and not so out of the box thinking as the honorable teachers of especially the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven tend to teach their students. On the other hand I do admit that it works. When I think burnt chair I immediately associate it with Maarten Baas. In that sense the piggy backing helps, because he dared to burn famous chairs.
Then I found the above photo of a Gerrit Rietveld‘s burnt Zig Zag Chair (another example here) by Maarten Baas at the Flickr account of….Che Eyzenbach and guess what? Che is a 2009 alumni from the Eindhoven Design Academy and designs chairs himself. His graduation project is a set of 7 beautifully designed cardboard seating elements by the name of Flow.
I know, by introducing Che in this way to you, this humble amateur chair aficionado now makes connections between Che Eyzenbach and famous predecessors and might suggest he was piggy backing. He was not! Certainly not in his designs, even not on Frank Gehry‘s Nested Cardboard Chair nor his Easy Edges Chair nor his Contour Chair, because Flow is an entirely different concept…
I may even do him injustice, because if I look into his portfolio, I have a feeling we will see his star rise to maybe equal or higher levels….
Have a look for yourself at Che’s site and let me know your view in the comments.
Via funpresident.com I came across the 2009 corrugated board chair design competition: The Chair Affair of The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The Corrugated Cardboard Chair of the Photo was one of the finalists.