Engineering Temporality, a mini collection of a cabinet and a chair, by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen is a tribute to human fragility. The project evolved from Tolvanen’s personal experience with his grandmother’s declining health due to Alzheimer’s:
“Her Alzheimer’s disease is unraveling the fabric of her life, knot by knot, and vaporizing the very core of her personality and life, her memories, and turning her into a shell of a human being.”
Tolvanen used tubular steel as the main ingredient of his creations, he then cut the tubes into small rings and joined them back together to form a semi-covering layer over existing objects. Then, he burnt them:
“My pursuit was to give an object a memory, create tension and stage a play between the perfect, anonymous mass produced structural material and the imperfect of human being. The shell that is left caresses the vanished object, the memory of it, referring to the past.”
Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (1881-1973) in his Thonet Rocking chair. Yes, that is his full name. Love him or hate him, just remember him.
Usually Dutch Designer Sebastian Straatsma is involved in dust collectors….vases are also dust collectors;-)
This rubber chair was featured as part of a project of a Dutch Foundation, Design Den Haag which researches the relation between Design and Government in Europe within an international context, from cultural, economic and social viewpoints.
5 Years ago I started this blog out of my fascination with the Thonet story. Therefore I thought to celebrate with a special one, the Angel Chair or thonet no. 19 which was produced by Thonet Austria between 1887-1919. Geert VanHoutte kindly has send me this photo for publication.