philippe malouin: unusual context
philippe malouin: unusual context philippe malouin: unusual context
jun 05, 2009

philippe malouin: unusual context

philippe malouin: unusual context
nextlevel galerie, paris
may 14 to june 20, 2009

the designer aimed to add new functions to the simple act of seating:
tracking, writing and drawing, all in motion.

‘ballpoint stool’,

‘ballpoint stool’, a transparent stool and its contents (ink)

‘skid row’ 2009, tubular steel structure, birch wood balls, shock cord
limited edition of 12 + 1 prototype
image © charly leborgne, courtesy nextlevel galerie

philippe malouin‘s work combines a certain element of humor, with both conceptual
and functional language. observing everyday objects and our daily lifestyle, he reinterprets,
manipulates, archetypes and transforms materials from their traditional contexts.
at nextlevel galerie, malouin is presenting ‘skid row’, a chair and ottoman with
a metal tubular steel frame, with supporting back and seat made up of rows of large
wooden birch wood balls and shock cord.

profile view
image © charly leborgne, courtesy nextlevel galerie

when the user sits down, the wooden balls move to accommodate the contours
and shape of their body.

rows of birch wood balls make up the supporting seat and back of the chair
image © charly leborgne, courtesy nextlevel galerie

‘grace’ table

‘handle without care’

all of its hard edges and angles that are prone to be damaged one way or another are
covered by specifically designed industrial polyurethaneangle covers.

‘rocco chair’ 2008, powder coated steel blue, nylon strap
image courtesy nextlevel galerie

the act of sitting is never really active, but lying in a chaise lounge could involve
some more work our participation from its user rather than just lying there.
to use the chair, the sitter must have good balance and a sense of adventure.

an overview shot of the exhibition
image © courtesy nextlevel galerie

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