ezri tarazi: free falling mannequin chair
ezri tarazi: free falling mannequin chair ezri tarazi: free falling mannequin chair
nov 18, 2011

ezri tarazi: free falling mannequin chair

‘free falling’ (red), 2011 by ezri tarazi image courtesy of paradigma design gallery

designboom is currently in tel aviv as part of vibe israel, funded by non-profit apolitical social startup kinetis which strives to promote the culture, people, resources and creativity of israel through different events and organized tours of specialized areas, and this time it’s about design! throughout our trip we have been visiting various studios, museums and meeting a number of individuals – from those who have been practicing for some time to the up and coming creatives – as a means of experiencing and getting a behind the scenes look at what this middle eastern country has to offer in terms of design talent. 

as part of our tour, we stopped off at paradigma design gallery which hosts a showcase of work by israeli designers including designboom’s good friend, the founder of studio tarazi ltd. and head of the industrial design department at bezalel academy of art and design in jerusalem, ezri tarazi.

image courtesy of paradigma design gallery

tarazi is presenting a new work, still in its prototype phase called ‘free falling’. the seating object is produced by transforming a trapezoidal box made from perforated metal sheets into a chair, as a result of a female mannequin filled with concrete, being dropped freely onto the three dimensional, hollow form. the action of dropping this 100 kg mannequin shapes the seat through air pressure that has been released through the material’s holes. tarazi’s concept for the piece was to create a chair made by the ‘human figure’ without any tools.

in design history, a number of metal chairs were produced by press of heavy industrial machines or hand tools, but ‘free falling’ was made solely by the sitting mannequin. the work is meant to suggest a number of interpretations, but above all to raise the question about the role of design and human interaction today.

the mannequin ready to be hoisted up above the trapezoidal form made of perforated metal

the appearance of the chair after the 100 kg concrete filled mannequin has been dropped on top of the trapezoidal form

alternative views of the dropped mannequin

before and after

video of the process

‘free falling’ (white), 2011 on show at paradigma design gallery in tel aviv, israel image © designboom

side view of ‘free falling’ (white) image © designboom

top view image © designboom

  • very,very nice

    yuki says:
  • I like it ! but its like the one of droog design :S
    The only difference is that here its already crushed before you bye it .

    but I like 😉


    DVD says:
  • is this really how low design has become???

    mike says:
  • This is not “design.” It’s an experiment on the path to design.

    Geoff says:
  • Finally, the perfect chair for all of us concrete mannequins.

    Marc D. says:
  • DVD. seems you should brush your history of design knowledge. The first ‘beaten metal’ kind of chairs was done by Ron Arad. Do design made the chair you have shown 12 years after Arad have made his versions. Their take was that the customer would do it at home and not by Arad workers. This is another new cover of the same idea but now it is in ONE SHOT which makes it so nice. I like the perforation too.

    Andrew F. says:

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