The Workshop Chair by Berlin based Canadian designer Jerszy Seymour is held together with blobs of polycaprolactone wax.
About the Exhibition by Dezeen
The first exhibition, the First Supper at the MAK in Vienna 2008, invited people to a dinner where the kitchen first produced the wax furniture and then the food, a non hierarchical situation to discuss utopia using cooking as a practical metaphor for production and consumption and the possibility of the amateur. This was followed by Salon des Amateurs at the MARTA Herford 2009, a reference to a salon des refuses, the place for the non official art in 19th century Paris, it was the meeting place for the Amateurs to consider what could be an Amateur Society. A giant wall diagram presented the possibilities of the amateur, whilst a big wax volcanic pool with water at 33 degrees celsius as a metaphor for primordial birth offering a place for visitors to sit, float and think. Finally the Coalition of Amateurs at the MUDAM in Luxembourg was an exhibition as a workshop both physically and mentally offering visitors and invited artists and designers to use the wax to connect and make their own constructions and to comment, critique, change or deny the discussion of the amateur. A non Utopian way of discussing Utopia.
About the Workshop Chair
The Workshop Chair designed by Jerszy Seymour, comes out as a reality from this process, a very strong chair that is made from a few pieces of wood, some wax and a joyful production technique and affordable to make even using hands from a western economy with very little investment. The Workshop Chair offers itself for everybody to use and brings itself into the current economy with the intention to help create the new.
The Workshop Chair is made from wood and polycapralactone wax, it is fully repairable and 100% biodegradable and passes the top level structure tests for contract furniture (catas level 5).
Wax Colours available; red, brown, grey.
About Jerszy Seymour by the master himself
Born in Berlin in 1968, Canadian. Jerszy Seymour grew up in London, where he studied engineering at South Bank Polytechnic 1987 -1990 and industrial design at the Royal College of Art 1991 – 1993.
Whilst living in Milan he started his own experimental projects including House in a Box in 2002, a Scum in 2003 – and the clothing concept Tape in 2003. These and other on going experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. In parallel he has also designed for companies including Magis, Vitra, Kreo, Moulinex, SFR and IDEE.
His work has been exhibited in the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Berlin, the Palais De Tokyo in Paris and Gallery Kreo in Paris. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Fonds National de Art Contemporaine France and the Musee d’Art Grand-Duc Jean de Luxembourg. In 2005 he was guest of honour at Design Brussels where he created the Brussels Brain installation. In 2007 the project Living Systems was part of the My Home exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. In 2008 he realized the installation “First Supper” for the MAK in Vienna.
He has taught at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, the HfG in Karlsruhe and the Vitra Design Workshops in France. Currently he holds a guest-professorship at the HBK Saar.
In 2004 Jerszy returned to Berlin where he currently works and lives.