I have a very “photographic” memory, in the sense that an experience to me is remembered as a still snap shot rather than a living, moving memory- which is perhaps why I take pictures so much.
A constant component in my memory snapshots is the white plastic chair; it’s stacked in dozens somewhere in the snapshot of my grandfather’s funeral 15 years ago, it’s smelling of coconut oil and sunscreen in a pool memory, and it’s dirty and broken in some squash room party back in Riyadh. And these are only a few mentions…
All this said, as practical and efficient as the white plastic chair is, I absolutely abhor it. Aestetically speaking, it is hideous.
But it is also a global icon, whether it’s beautiful, or not… It’s just there, a part of the daily life of billions of people, whether they are aware of it, or not…
And here’s where good design comes in- giving the white plastic chair a modern, delicious and mouthwatering edge.
Front Design proposes a luxe version covered in leather.
Jerzy Seymour has redesigned one for Magis.
Studio Ball finds gold.
A grafitti version by Collect Guixe
Rebecca Halstedt invents a prosthetic to transform it into a rocking chair.
The chair as fossil as imagined by Robert Stadler, and 5.5 Designers version of a wounded plastic chair.
My favorite would probably be the pink one, it’s quite hot and beyond welcome in my home.