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The Chair Affair

Onomatopee 122

Of course: an interior constitutes a comfort zone. But when we zoom in closer on this interior, we can see how thighs are shifting on seats, how hands are caressing arms, how people snuggle up against the back of their chairs and how their feet curl around the legs. It is obvious: sitting is a physical pleasure: sitting is intimate. Could sitting even be driven by desire? And: what is the chair’s role in all of this?

Artist Margriet Craens and designer Lucas Maassen are not just intimate with each other. They also wondered to what extend chairs might get intimate, reflecting on the various chairs lucas Maassen had previously brought to life, letting them do yoga and having them sing or act in a comedy. Together they made a photo series of chairs that were involved with each other the way a person might get involved with their intimate partner (chair or person). Each chair (or person) has a particular character, which can sometimes lead to unsuspected combinations. Theatre-maker and actor Twan van Bragt, friend on a strictly amicable basis and a neutral party as such, has provided this intimacy with the necessary facts and fictions, which serve as captions to accompany the pictures.

During the Dutch Design Week 2015, the photos and captions will be exhibited at Onomatopee. They will also appear in a book, to be presented at the opening.


mini-exhibition and book launch during Dutch Design Week
17-25 October
open from 11:00 to 19:00

SPECIAL OPENING NEW SPACE, MULTIPLE EXHIBITIONS:
Saturday october 24th, 16:00

location:
Onomatopee project space and book shop
Willemstraat 27
5611 HB Eindhoven

Publication

Margriet Craens, Freek Lomme, Olivier Lebrun, Lucas Maassen, 2015

The Chair Affair

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The sexual emancipation of chairs is promoted by a series of photo’s of chairs in Kamasutra positions and some short erotic fiction.

Type
softcover dustjacket
Dimensions
165 x 104 mm / 6.5 x 4 inches portrait
Pages
128
ISBN
978-94-91677-48-9
Editor
Margriet Craens, Freek Lomme, Olivier Lebrun, Lucas Maassen
Author
Twan van Bragt
Graphic
Olivier Lebrun
Artist
Lucas Maassen, Margriet Craens
Language
English
Binding
threat-sewn and glued
Paper
Maxi Gloss woodfree coated paper, white 90 gr
Edition
800
Color
Cover: one side impression in process black, process cyan, fluor PMS 806 (magenta) and fluor 803 (yellow).
Printer
Unicum by Gianotten, Tilburg (NL)
Details
Cover: one side glossy lamination, creasing and die-cutting (circle at a diameter of 30 mm) of the dust jacket
Translator
Nanne op t' Ende
Photography of the book
Blickfanger
Curator
Freek Lomme
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Lucas Maassen designer website
  • Olivier Lebrun graphic designer
  • Twan van Bragt writer
  • Margriet Craens  artist
  • Freek Lomme curator, editor, poet, writer website
  • Nanne op ‘t Ende translator