UnFolding Chair 

by ChiLab for Collection West



The 1941 Steel Folding Chair by Kruger Metal Products was designed with utility and economy in mind.  Originally created with excess metal from steel companies, the lightweight design's ability to fold and nest made it perfect for temporary or shifting and congregational assemblies as well as everyday use.  Commonly sold for two dollars, this design has become one of the most under-featured ubiquitous chairs of the 20th century.

By producing the image of this chair in solid bronze and removing its ability to fold and nest, the designers deconstruct the brilliance of its inception by trading the design's functional value for a material one, thus unfolding the design.

Denying functionality, the object becomes the sculptural image of the chair, thereby establishing that image into history via the undoing of that which made it so prolific to begin with.

ChiLab is a thinktank for innovation in design, technology and art based in Chicago, IL.  This year Chi-Lab will be featured in the 2014 WANTED Design Show for Design Week NYC, as well as in CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center May 31-Nov 2nd, & at TENT LONDON during The London Design Festival Sept 18-22nd, 2014 in the UK.