roughed up collection by rabih hage
roughed up collection by rabih hage roughed up collection by rabih hage
oct 15, 2009

roughed up collection by rabih hage

‘for sail’ nikki sofa image © designboom

rabih hage has decided to revisit pieces from his 2005 furniture collection to reveal a new beauty in them. ‘roughed up: rabih hage designs revisited’ is a response to the pressure placed on contemporary designers to continuously produce something ‘new’. the pre-existing pieces have been reworked and ‘roughed-up’, to reveal new beauty in them. ‘roughed up’ is a celebration of imperfection, raw materials and the process of construction.

‘for sail’ nikki sofa image © designboom

here, rabih hage has re-upholstered his nikki sofa with a used and torn sail from sail makers ratsey & lapthorn. the particular sail which was used for this sofa comes from a local ship in cowes, uk that was torn during a storm. by utilizing this sail to re-invent his sofa, hage is attempting to capture the action and adventure of ratsey & lapthorn.

detail image © designboom

‘comfortable relations’ chinese chair image © designboom

this ming-style chair has been roughed up with the addition of the nails and changes to its wood finish. ‘comfortable relations’ is a comment on our society’s habit of relying on preconceived notions. while the chair might look more like a torture device more than a piece of seating, it’s actually a comfortable piece to sit on.

profile of the nails image © designboom

detail image © designboom

left: ‘scene from within’ tonneau armchair right: ‘wood-be’ wine crate side tables image © designboom

‘scene from within’ showcases the class tonneau armchair’s inner beauty. hage has deconstructed the chair, revealing its internal components and craftsmanship. it has been ripped apart, giving viewers a look at the history of the object, while the

‘wood-be’ wine crate side tables are made from discarded wine cratesimage © designboom

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