Orange Perforated Tolix H Stool by Chantal Andriot
Like explained in an earlier post, Chantal Andriot is the former CFO of Tolix who, together with some employees, bought the company and revived it.
To assist in the artistic direction, Chantal Andriot has chosen the designers Jean-François Dingjian et Eloi Chafaï alias Normal Studio. Their design questions industrial workmanship, freeing it from the past in order to valorise the workshop’s legendary know-how.
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.”
I’ve revisited Vivian Beer’s VB Studio site and was pleasantly surprised, not to say smitten, by the quality of her site where I found this red Rocker.
Red Rocker was a hunt of subtlety within a not-so-subtle color range. I knew it had to be a saturated red but not quite a “lipstick” color…
I settled on one that is based in a violet range rather than a cadmium red. It is a tonal range that has been used on a number of Chevy “muscle” show cars. So it’s a combination of muscle and cosmetic. Lipstick and muscle cars have a lot in common!
I can relate to the choice as once I had to choose a red for a fast boat…the association evident from the front and view of this chair. Red Boats and Red Chairs come together here;-)