There’s something Duchamp-esque about the latest work of Chris Labrooy. The British artist and designer’s ongoing remix project, Garden of Eames, transforms the classic Eames shell chair, designed in 1950, into surreal fine art that packs an absurdist punch. — Fast Company
I am convinced that Ray and Charles Eames have made indelible contributions to furniture design. Their classic shell chair was created in 1950. The original creation was the “International Low-Cost Furniture Design Competition” sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. An idea. The only and direct style of the chair is regarded as a family design, providing cheap furnishings for the post-war period. Chairs are made of various colors, balls and materials, and can still exist as iconic furniture used in many homes, offices and meals.
Considering the long-term influence of the chair on the design world, British artist and designer Chris Labrooy decided to take a different approach to the appearance and use of the chair. Part of his ongoing remix project , Eames’s Garden, Labrooy turns Eames’s chair into a surrealist artwork, mixed with some weird absurdities.
“This will definitely lead to the design planned by some people.” In some respects, he transformed the original fiber material into a colored liquid shape, which looked like it was made of soft candy. Other seats grow spherical attachments along the bottom of the simple shell, partially covering the heavy legs of the chair
Animals are another theme: vibrant stuffed rabbits grow from chairs, as if they jumped into the world from another dimension. In one of the pieces, a mustard-colored lion cub prepares to swoop on the shell to deform it, and it is wrapped in the same fluffy fur as the cub itself. Another bright yellow chair seemed to melt on the floor, forming a little house for a happy puppy. My favorite is the downy sheep, usually painted with pink paint, with its head passing through the seat of the chair. If this is without a head, then I can sit on it and work.