‘Empty seating area’ by Jean-Pascal Flavien
Dimensions:68h x 64w x 50d cm – 2,1 KG
Materials: Carbon fiber, epoxy resin, paper
Price on request
The title refers to the physical weight, the music genre, and its emotional state as parts that play a role in the making of the project. The word heavy is in contradiction to the lightness of the carbon material while representing the music genre of the two songs that accompany the show and the burdensome mood that characterises Heavy Metal music in opposition to a more comforting mindset of object design.
Conversely to what the name suggests, the structure of the Heavy Metal chairs is made of carbon fibre, giving them mechanical strength yet allowing lightness and extreme thinness. The parts covered with paper and finished with coloured resin reminiscent of corrugated cardboard makes the chairs appear illusory; thus, the encounter with the object is loaded with disbelief. The fragile broken lines imbedded in the drawing induce the impression of collapsing. The chairs give the impression of drawings by hand, rather than seating objects.
Heavy Metal Chairs intersects the design object and the downcast mood of heavy metal music. The disposition of heavy metal, pain, nightmare, guilt and suffering, meets the optimistic spirit of design, projection, problem solving, pride, status; a mindset that makes the object enviable and its place in life possible. As the emotional state of the heavy metal goes, the object and often the self seems loaded with detestation. It cannot be wished for, thus giving room to a world of abjection. One offers a position in the world as the other withdraws from it. Jean-Pascal Flavien uses this counter energy in the making of the object.