CHAIR PLAY.

Maybe I was a furniture-maker in a past life or perhaps I've become captivated by my recent house projects / creating Pottery Barn DIY knock-offs to save some money / unleash my inner maker... For some reason, I am itching to make objects that draw from furniture design and incorporate apparatus for play. More than anything, I am responding to a curious material connection as well as an overlap of functionality. Mobile - skateboard - folding chair... Adirondack chair - pogo stick... The mash up of these items excite me not only visually, but also in thinking about how they might be used.

Courtesy of Jory Brigham Design


Courtesy of Jory Brigham Design

Remembering my days on the block hosting jump competitions for duration, I'm imagining this "life in the bounce" device taking on a life of its own. What essentials could one carry in their bounce chair... Their mobile-chair? Storage solutions might play a role on design elements as well. I've been looking at the work of furniture maker Jory Brigham in addition to mid-century modern design texts and am in love with the mixed media quality of these creations. Texture, color, hard / soft, line... I wonder if the objects are more important to me as objects (functionality) or if I am primarily drawn to the materials and constructions (design). And still, when I think about these mock-ups coming to life, I have no interest in them actually being used... Maybe they are prototypes, memories...