Houston-based artist, Joyce Lin, creates furniture pieces that toy with design conventions: embracing play whilst maintaining functionality.
This is, perhaps, nowhere more evident than in her ‘Exploded Chair’, a piece she designed in her final year at Rhode Island School of Design. This piece takes traditional conception of what a chair is, dismantles it, and places it in clear perspex containers. The maple-wood chair that sits loosely within its crystalline sarcophagus looks much like the archetypal kitchen seat. As the ‘Exploded Chair’ is moved, its wooden pieces rattle around inside their compartments. The piece is both familiar and disorienting, playful and disconcerting — a dichotomous piece on which to seat yourself.
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