During a conversation with Jeff Forrest, CEO of Stackabl, he enlightened me about the thin line separating art from design. “There can be a product that is the result of design and there can also be a product that is the result of artistry. I think artistry by definition is a personal expression. Alternatively, while design certainly has an idiosyncratic element to it, it is fundamentally a response to a problem,” Jeff informed.
The reason I brought up the whole ‘art vs design’ narrative is that Korean designer Jay Sae Jung Oh in her latest creation has blended both design and art to give birth to ‘Salvage Series Chatsworth Chair’. It can be construed as the amalgamation of art and design that has been used as a vehicle for artistic expression, or the mere ability to combine two ideas without losing the essence of either. Regardless of the perspective, the Salvage chair is making rounds on social media and is a hit among furniture lovers.
Akin to a throne, the sculptural furniture is made of plastics, leather cords, and plywood. Featuring raw tanned leather in various tones, the chair is wrapped around a structure that is built up from used and or discarded objects. The unique chair design is so mesmerizing in itself that it ends up hypnotizing viewers, just like the musical instruments that can be seen in the outline of the chair. We’ve seen the same psychedelic aspect in Duffy London’s creation but the artist takes the bewitching appeal to another level.
There is an unopened gift box that lays the foundation of the chair. It further features a large spinning top toy stick and a burrowed French horn. Not to mention, the drum set at the sides, the electric guitar at the back, and other tiny items that are embodied in the mellifluous design. There are so many music apparatuses embedded that I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts playing melodious tunes!
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Trained in sculpture and 3D design, the artist has been designing such mind-altering pieces for years now. Being both symmetric and asymmetric at times, her latest creation harmonizes form, function, and a soothing aura that only music offers.