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Mirrored Chairs: An Artistic Twist to Mass-Produced Plastic

November 13, 2012

There is something relentlessly generic about the universally-recognized shape of monoblock plastic chairs seen on porches seemingly everywhere.

Taking the molding technique of these conventional objectsand tweaking it, Kai Linke makes the ordinary seem strange and unfamiliar.

The effect is reminiscent of mirrored-face photographs and art – used to seeking a certain kind of symmetry, these alternate views are suddenly alien.

The results range from functional stools and chairs, to unusable remnants like industrial mistakes gone far wrong or a mindless machine attempting to figure out from scratch what a seat should be. Who knows, though, maybe enough iterations would generate something new and useful after all.