Versioned Chairs

Versioned Chairs explores the effect of translations acted out on a series of canonical chairs.

The original design was first translated into a textual description that attempts to describe the physical characteristics of the chair as accurately as possible.

These texts were then translated back into images through sketches drawn by a group working without knowing the original reference of the text.

One of each example was then translated from sketch to 3D form and then printed as a model.

The rapid prototyped outputs are versions many times removed from their original reference. The models record the misreadings and mistranslations that occur in the process.

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Versioned Thonet No. 14 Chair

Micheal Thonet / Sam Jacob / Lionel Eid / Kit Bencharongkul

Versioned Le Corbusier LC2

Le Corbusier / Pierre Jeanneret / Charlotte Perriand / Sam Jacob / Insoo Hwang / Wataru Sawada

Versioned 250lc Barcelona Chair

Mies van der Rohe / Sam Jacob / Henry Lim / Minh Van

Versioned EA 117

Charles & Ray Eames / Sam Jacob / Lionel Eid / Lionel Eid

Versioned Tom Vac

Ron Arad / Sam Jacob / Lionel Eid / Akhil Bakhda

Versioned Chairs is at ‘About a Minute’
The Gopher Hole
350-354 Old Street,London EC1V 9NQ
10th Dec 2010 – 13th February 2011



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  1. ian says:

    I did this years ago as an exercise in mis(communication) during a management training day I was running. I used Lego models as the original. It is also commonly done with drawings It is interesting to see a management game translated into an artistic context like this.

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