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Kintsugi chairs trio standing next to each other

Kintsugi chairs

2017 / Furniture design

Kintsugi also known as Kintsukuroi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken objects. The beauty of this craft is that it treats breakage and repair as an integral part of the history of the object, while adding value. Based on this philosophy, this project consists in bringing back this tradition to the modern world and our current „throwaway society“. To reflect this situation, I put my focus on one of the most industrialised objects on the market: the low back plastic garden chair. While being highly sensitive to breakage, it is near to always subject to being thrown away without considering a repair due to its extremely cheap price. Taking advantage of the absurdity of this situation, I gathered my effort to give a new life to three differently broken chairs.

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