karen ryan: sit chair project at london design week 2011 karen ryan: sit chair project at london design week 2011
sep 21, 2011

karen ryan: sit chair project at london design week 2011

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

you will not find british designer karen ryan at any of the usual venues at this year’s london design week. instead you can find her latest work the ‘sit’ chair project on the streets.

‘the ‘sit’ chair project is an alternative response for london design week 2011. I have taken two chairs one from my dining table and one from my bedroom, both of which had been previously discarded. I designed the ‘sit’ brand for the use of these chairs, the brand identity is hand stamped upon a newly prepared surface area on each individual chair. through mass consumerism we are used to looking at design as objects of desire fed by what is fashionable and are own delusions of need. I want to divert that gaze and alter the sense. I am taking both ‘sit’ chairs out onto the streets and photographing people sitting on them with my mobile phone. I consider the ‘sit’ chair project a relevant design and comment on contemporary functional design today.’ – karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ chair project by karen ryan

‘sit’ brand stamp by karen ryan

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.

  • better version of the same idea has been done years ago….:
    http://www.matthiasries.com/space/publicchair/publicchair80.html

    thorben says:
  • “both of which had been previously discarded” = found them in trash. gotta love that.

    great project even if it was “done better before”. which it wasn’t – it was done differently.

    amok69 says:
  • every project by this artist that i see just lacks a point or looks like something i’ve seen before.
    It’s almost like this artist is avoiding doing some actual work.

    fortified wine says:
  • Sorry but what are you actually trying to do?
    If you want to respond to the current state of design or the design festival, the best thing to do is not to participate. By participating you just add to the festival. This kind of work makes claims to reject the institution that it is actually latching onto. If there is a protest against the institution. DON’T BE APART OF IT!

    Harvy says:
  • fantastic riff on “branding” – is it printed on or actually branded?

    dbkii says:
  • A protest of consumption through the eye of the most sophisticated personal technolocial device known to man . . . the mobile phone. Where did we go wrong?

    mstndvn says:
  • sit, the photography project!

    dieter says:
  • I was just about to mention Matthias Ries’s version of a similar project. Glad someone else beat me to it!

    Arielle says:

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