For a territory analysis exercise of Grésivaudan valley (France), I chose an abandoned farm as the site for my project. During the survey of the building I discovered an armchair from the 70s. Even though fabrics were in a bad condition (the chair had been reupholstered several times), the wood had kept its original spirit in spite of a graffitti on it.
Reupholstered the chair would be too complicated or expensive, therefore I tried to find the easiest way to do it myself. Interlaced strips of fabric directly fixed on the wood seemed to be the most realistic solution.
Safety belts which one could freely collect in scrap yards represent a perfect industrial product in terms of resistance. I wanted to play with the image of this daily life object, regaining its former nobility. Finally, the black carbon fiberlike pattern lives up with lighting, perfectly matching the wooden texture.
SAFETY BELT ARMCHAIR
Refurbishment / 2013
168 rue Georges Maeder, 38170 Seyssinet, France
Credits: Nicolas Pabion