The Auction Room – Felix How at Designersblock 2011

September 16, 2011

Felix How
“Pious Chair”

Localism taken to its extreme. Locally sourced and locally produced, this piece was entirely made at the designer’s garden with nothing but hand tools. No electricity was used, no fuel spent in transport, no waste materials remained. The wood, bought at the timber shop down the road, was cut from the forest that can be seen from the shop’s windows. Responding to the contemporary context of globalisation and standardisation, the chair materialises a realistic comment on mass production, firming an ethical – almost idealistic- position. The piece emphasises concepts like context, tradition and craftsmanship, presenting itself as a – scandalously – outsider in the design arena.
“I don’t know whether I’m a designer, or an artist. Or neither.
All I know is that I’ve made a chair. It’s ethically sourced, and you can sit on it.
The rest is up to you.”

Photographer Ed Kulakowski

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