2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Attaché is an experiment that investigates the personal connection between space and the body. By reframing the chair simply as a means of connection, the spine becomes one of conflicted evocation: the lounge chair – the embodiment of relaxation and dénouement. This association is directly felt when lowering ones self to the chair. By bringing the body close to the ground and in some ways falling into its seat one is then committed to the experience and proceeds to surrender into the back attachment.
The embedded “spine” of the chair slowly latching on to the body as one releases into it is both and attachment as much as it is the attacher. Although rooted into the back design of the chair, it also begins to inset itself into the experiencer. It was observed by many that sat in the chair that they could still feel the pressure points triggered long after their experience ended or even some had delicate imprints of the spine on their own back. It is this idea of the attachment both physically, mentally, emotionally and anatomically that I was interested in extracting.
Looking at how one’s senses can be triggered and thus become more and more aware of their personal sensitivities allowing the experience to alter them in a variety of ways.
The reactions ranged widely from discomfort and fright to relaxation and massaging from those experiencing the chair. It was quite shocking in fact of the amount of people who were comforted by the sensation either because of the pressure points that the spine hit or the cradling of their head and neck. While others were frightened, firstly, because of its formal qualities of resemblance to a spine, but also because of their association to personal experiences that made them uncomfortable (dentist chair, physical therapy, torture device in media). In this sense the subject was not purely associating this attachment physically but also had strong personal emotional and psychological responses to the piece.
This investigation looks at how experiences in ones environment can affect cognition on a multitude of levels, and how perhaps it can be applicable on a larger scale. Thinking about how one can directly connect with the mind and body without the necessity of latching on to it.