Unfolding Chair


The 1941 Steel Folding Chair by Kruger Metal Products was designed with utility and economy in mind.  Created from excess metal from steel companies, the designs nesting capabilities and light-weight build afforded an ease of handling which made it perfect for temporary assemblies and congregational settings as well as an everyday ease of handling. Sold for $2.00 per chair, this design has risen to become one of the most under-talked about and ubiquitous chairs of the 20th century.  We would like to create a monument to this design.  By producing the chair in solid bronze and removing it’s folding and nesting functionality, we at once create an object that deconstructs the brilliance of its own inception by trading the designs functional value for a material one.   The chair becomes the sculptural image of the chair, thereby establishing itself in to a historical cannon thru the undoing of what made it so beautiful.


For more information about ChiLab and our new Unfolding Chair, please visit us at www.chilab.org.

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Recently, I began to explore Chicago city data supplied by the city’s data portal as well as from other sources. Using CartoDB, which turns out to be incredibly easy to use, I was quickly able to begin to delve through the varying city data sets.


The map to the right shows all of the homicides in Chicago since 2001. It is shocking to see how dispersed across the entire city violence seems to be. Another map I made was using 311 data open visualizing all of the reports of rat infestation. You have to hand it to the city, they do get a lot of calls.


Coincidentally, this project has finally pushed me into actually posting a blog for smaller explorations like this. I plan to keep the blog fairly current so please check back to see whats new.


You can check out my humble new blog space and more maps here.

Recent News


May 17-20: Chilab’s Unfolding Chair is exhibited in the Chicagoland Exhibit at the Wanted Design NYC show, during ICFF Design Week


           

May 23, 2013: Chilab’s Unfolding Chair featured in the

New York Times Home Section: here

 

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