The Living Structure, 2011
american maple, anodized aluminum plate
structure 100 x 160 x 70 cm
plate 100 x 70 cm
american maple, acrylic glass
40 x 35 x 70 cm
What is our relationship to objects (as furniture) in space? Thoughts on The Living Structure
The organisation and positioning of self, which our social environment demands from us every day as active human beings is expressed in The Living Structure in a model-like as well as concretely spatial way: Shifting between a sculptural object and a piece of furniture, the design of a table and chair shows and reifies how social interaction in space can develop, and how it depends on a conscious decision for or against it.
The objects can either be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall, can exist visually as a sculpture or be utilised physically as furniture. The geometrical shaping of the design sketches the schematic structure of a chair and a table in such a high degree of abstraction that they are almost reduced to an idea; these are presented to the viewer as a possibility. Each object can either be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall, can exist visually as a sculpture or be utilised physically as furniture.
This furniture concept inscribes space and describes space in a model-like way as a place defined by reciprocal interaction between object and subject, between a decision for pure aesthetics or functional use. David Hanauer’s object requires that its viewer, who may become a user, positions him or herself regarding the structure within, and extending from a given space. It gives the viewer the option of disregarding function, or defining a product that does not force its own use, but enables utilisation.