Relations can be many and with very varied forms, from friendly or long-distance ones, to beneficial or equivalent, even intimate or international …
To create and represent this collection we have done a recovery action through meaning, characterisation and repair.
Materials: Old chairs
Dimensions: Different measures
We present the first one of the Relations, the Tho Series.
It’s composed by three wood chairs rescued from the street. They are different from each other but they all have something in common, they are unbranded “Thonet” chairs.
This chairs were some of the first “designer” ones, serial produced and easily assembled. The technology of wood steam bending with moulds used in these chairs was invented by Michael Thonet, who applied it to numerous models and furniture typologies. The optimization of material and the structural resistance provided by this technique, contribute to its rapidly spread through many carpentry workshops all over the world.
They have been very popular chairs, and usual in lots of homes. There are multitude of versions, replicas more or less correct, but all of them have allowed the rest, the daily relationships and the development of the ‘seated man’. And, as said by H.D. Thoreau in Walden (before he wrote its known treatise about Civil Disobedience):
“[…] I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all,
but they generally economized the room by standing up.” Walden (1854).
These chairs humbly invite you stand up and share.