Sensory Deprivation Skull Chair by Atelier van Lieshout

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Sensory Deprivation Skull Chair by Atelier van Lieshout

Dutch Atelier Van Lieshout has their Sensory Deprivation Skull on display at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, a new Gallery in Mayfair, London, designated to furniture.

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A chair you can sit in with the doors closed and without any disturbance from the outside world.

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Even with a cosy sheepskin!

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Joep van Lieshout, founder of Atelier Van Lieshout, would maintain it is an object of art, not a chair.

I would not agree and would like to quote the Italian critic and curator Angelo Capasso at Design NL who recently visited The Netherlands in preparation of a Dutch art and fashion exhibition in Rome:

A week of meetings in the Netherlands gave me the opportunity to gain an insight into the art and design scene there. Art and design are the most fruitful couple in the visual world. They give a different interpretation of the visual: as I said in my essay Design and Ready Made, a very simple difference between the two, is that ‘in art, objects pretend to be useless, in design, objects pretend to be useful. The word pretend is very important, in this context, because it underlines a possibility (a wish, a project) that is not necessary fulfilled. Today objects coming from the two different ideas (or projects) seem to be moulded in the same oven but subsequently served to a different table and therefore with a different destiny. In the Netherlands, as I have seen, the two share an interesting debate that makes it difficult to show reasons for their different identity: if generally it is art’s task is to pose questions while design’s goal is that of giving solutions, Dutch ideas show that a switching of these positions is possible. Therefore my short journey through the Netherlands was really a journey through the possibility of finding one main element of distinction between the two, or the elements that combines the two on a different face on the same coin.

About AVL – Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), located in a warehouse in the Rotterdam harbour, was founded by artist Joep van Lieshout (1963) in 1995. It is a multidisciplinary art practice encompassing installation, design, furniture and architecture. The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasises the fact that the works of art do not stem solely from the creative brain of Joep van Lieshout, but are produced by a creative team of artists, designers and architects.
The works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial. The work varies from sculptures and furniture, bathrooms and mobile home units to large installations and complete architectural refurbishments. One of the many applications and techniques used by AVL are the large polyester constructions in striking, bright colours. These polyester constructions, of which the large mobile home units are the best known, form the AVL trademark. Recurring themes in the work of AVL are autarky, power, politics and sex.
Works of AVL can be found in private collections and several museums.

Via Icon Eye.

Sitting Pretty In Berlin

Cul is Cool Stool

I liked this photo so much I had to grab it from Gridskipper which was merged into another site since….


I now know this is the Cul is Cool Stool by ABR

Last edited by gje on February 2, 2017

More Decent Nudevertising for Chairs: The Philippe Starck Ero|s Chairs

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The Ero s Swivel chair, Photo Ultra Modern

I was wrong in my previous post: There are more nudevertisers for chairs. Only when I saw these pictures again, I realized I had seen them earlier.

At that earlier occasion I was not able to grab the photos efficiently and let it pass.

Now I have an efficient way of grabbing photos from all over the web, since I have installed a mini blog parallel to this blog: Chair Blog | Tumblr with widget and all and the possibility to read it in your News Reader.

So now I can keep you more up to date now. See for more background of a Tumblr account my other blog: Happy Hotelier – Tumblr and Organizing Your Blog(s).

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The Ero s chair, Photo Ultra Modern

About the chair

Why don’t they simply coin the chair Eros Swivel Chair? I believe they are afraid of reactions from rather puritan markets. But then: why advertise with, granted it is decent, nudity?

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The Ero s Swivel chair, Photo Ultra Modern

From this photo it is easy to see that this very modern chair goes well with a classic interior. i like it!
The Chair Designer is Philippe Starck, one of my favorites.
The Chair Manufacturer is Kartell

Via Luxist.

Emeco: An Old Chair Manufacturer Goes Nude


About the ad
In the March 2008 Wallpaper* Magazine (UK) my eye was drawn to a new ad with nudes seated on an Emeco Navy 1006: One brushed, used by Petty Officer FTG3 | Tony Cost, and one polished, used by Parisienne socialite | Amelia-Louise Enright.

Ad by Wieden Kennedy, brand champions to many, who had assembled a creative team featuring Neil Wilder, celebrity photographer and maniacal visionary.

This is the first time I see full but decent nudity used for a chair ad.

Notice the hairdo analogy brushed (cropped) versus polished!

About Emeco
It all began in 1944 with the Emeco NAVY 1006 Chair in 1946. Then handmade and still handmade.

In an older ad they used to emphasize the solidity of the lightweight chairs with some weight in stead of nudity.

Emeco Navy Chairs Old Ad
Emeco Navy Chairs Old Ad

About Environmental Issues
Emeco claims: The content of recycled aluminum used to make Emeco chairs is 80%. Of the recycled aluminum, half is post consumer (soft drink cans) and half is postindustrial (manufacturing scrap). Chairs made out of virgin aluminum have an energy density that is 17 times higher than that of Emeco chairs. Well I like it. It is of course only half of the story as everybody knows aluminum is a hell of an energy gobbler before it reaches usable state. I see another slogan here: Drink and you will have half a chair:-)

About the Navy 1006 Chairs

I add two photos of the Emeco Navy 1006 Chairs:

the brushed one
and the polished one

Photos: Emeco

KneelSit Chair

KneelSit Chair

I thank the reader who entered the search term “graphic designer chair sore legs” into Google today and clicked here. That gave me the idea to post the #1 Google search result for that search term of today:

For lower back pain there are of course other solutions as the sit ball or simply following Pilates lessons as I try to do myself:-)