From MOLD Magazine: Issue 02, A Seat at the Table. Order your limited edition issue of MOLD Magazine here.
Edited by Sight Unseen
DOKTER & MISSES (JOHANNESBURG)
HILL HOUSE BY CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH
Our favorite dining chair of all time is the Hill House chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It demands attention with it’s unapologetically tall backrest. It’s graphic quality is great—like a line drawing in space. We also love that Mackintosh worked closely with his wife Margaret Macdonald, an approach that we can relate to.
FREDRIK PAULSEN (STOCKHOLM)
STELLINE BY ALESSANDRO MENDINI (1987)
The Stelline armchair by Alessandro Mendini makes me really happy. It reminds me of a child’s drawing. It’s simple but has so much character.
KELLY BEHUN (NEW YORK)
ARTONA BY ARFA AND TOBIA SCARPA (1975)
I love the Artona chair by the husband and wife designing duo Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, from 1975. Let’s face it, a dining chair is all about how it looks from behind, and this chair has an incredibly sexy backside.
PEDRO PAULO VENZON (FLORIANÓPOLIS)
GOOD LUCK BY PETER SHIRE (2017)
What interests me about Good Luck is its somewhat perverse look at modernist functionalism and its effort to put limits on hold. These limits relate to the “postmodern generation,” and today, they affect me from a decolonial or post-colonial viewpoint. But they’re still capable of re-asking questions about design and its related fields.
GIRAFA BY LINA BO BARDI (1987)
“Girafa” is something of an affection. “Dona Lina,” as Maria Bethania still calls her, is a sort of intellectual mentor, a place where one’s gaze rests on the shape (of the designer, artist or architect in Brazil). The chair itself is an event. It is one more game with the limits of the artifact and of Brazilian national identity—an open discourse, in production.
SHIN OKUDA (LOS ANGELES)
THREE-LEGGED CHAIR A BY SHIRO KURAMATA (1983)
It’s a beautifully minimal design with a very humble approach to comfort. I like a chair designed for a dining table to be the accent point. The table holds the food, but the chair holds the people you are there to be with.
PHILIPPE MALOUIN (LONDON)
699 BY GIO PONTI FOR CASSINA (1957)
I chose the 699 chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina, also known as “Superleggera” because it’s a fantastic example of industrial design genius with high, yet minimal aesthetic sophistication. The ash and cane model represents, in my view, the very best of modern design. The chair, as light in weight and appearance as it
NOMADE ATELIER (MEXICO CITY)
CESCA BY MARCEL BREUER (1928)
The Cesca chair by Marcel Breuer is our favorite dining chair of all time. It’s among the ten most important and common chairs of the 20th century. It was also the first chair to be mass-produced, starting in 1928, and has remained patent free. We remember seeing Cesca chairs in lots of homes growing up. Our middle class parents had them, even if we grew up in different countries during the ’80s.
It was the best chair as a kid. Every time you were bored and obliged to eat weird stuff surrounded by serious adults, it gladly bounced with your happy silent rhythm! We always look for that feeling in our work, the one that brings back not just memories of beauty in design, but moments and sensations that fill you with joy and inspiration.
PETER SHIRE (LOS ANGELES)
To pick one chair, is to choose one kind of food, or one way of being at the table. 175 chairs: that’s a modest guess at the number of chairs that I crave. Vinyl, Naugahyde, appeals to me so graphically, it’s irresistible.
MEW-TANT OF ECHO PARK SKETCH BY PETER SHIRE (2017)
Wouldn’t it be great to have dinner in the most luxurious, comfortable chair? Perhaps it would be for dining in the style of the Romans…reclining. If I were to have a favorite chair, maybe a chair could have me as a favorite, and this one won’t leave me alone. To the degree that it’s not only iconic, but it’s non-stop with new colors that are umbers and siennas expanding away from the many colors that I normally use. Can something new be completely old at the same time?
BEL AIR BY PETER SHIRE (1982/2017)
This cross between a diner stool and all the correct ergonomic heights has attracted me so that all my alter-egos are in it; anything with piping is orgasmic.
KWANGHO LEE (SEOUL)
GIRAFA BY LINA BO BARDI (1987)
My favorite dining chair is Lina Bo Bardi’s Girafa chair. I recently visited her Glass House in to São Paulo, and got the impression that the city, her architecture and the chairs in the house were one great, perfect picture. And it wasn’t simply about its amazing design, the house seemed embedded in something beyond it, like life. I can’t forget the fascination. I imagined Bardi’s Girafa chair as a structure and put the form of a new body over it—very bold forms in contrast. I named it ‘hippopotamus.’
STUDIO JUJU (SINGAPORE)
“BOX” CHAIR BY ENZO MARI FOR CASTELLI (1971)
We love the “Box” Chair by Enzo Mari. It was designed to be self-assembled and easy to dismantle. But it doesn’t look like a knock-down. It possesses a strong and unusual character, through its color, its stature, its form and its construction.