Reinterpretation of Ming Style Chair
Reinterpretation of Ming style chair and appreciation of traditional craftsmanship
With a history of over 4000 years to look back on, China is evolving rapidly in terms of its culture, society, and ideology. Inspired by the rich period of the Ming dynasty, this project focuses on both the continuance and reinterpretation of Ming chairs in the specific context of a contemporary Design Studio space.
Embedded formal details signifying attributes such as hierarchy and power are replaced by new expressions and interpretations of casual comfort and endurance. The re-interpreted Ming chairs aim to address different ways of sitting, especially within a studio environmental interrogating issues such as height, the need for variability. Critical formal details direct the styling and frame the connections between the 2 variants.
The design process has continually been guided by immersive making, to rationalise and resolve different outcomes. As much as structure and form-development are crucial to this project, so is the understanding of the making and crafting process. Refining the design while making has allowed for an appreciation of the historical context of traditional furniture craftsmanship in wood. The project interrogates the requirements of a designer’s studio within a cultural context alongside the enduring appreciation of the designer’s relationship with material.