Modified Monobloc: Ubiquitous Garden Chair Comes to Life
The ubiquitous white plastic garden chair springs into a variety of human poses in this fun series by Bert Loeschner. Ordinary monobloc polypropylene chairs are transformed using heat so they seem to link arms, swing from ropes or perch over storm drains holding toilet paper as if they’re using the restroom.
We’re used to seeing this chair virtually everywhere, and it’s normally anything but remarkable. Cheap and basic as can be, it’s a mainstay in residential backyards and outdoor cafes. But by melting the arms and twisting them into new shapes, Loeschner anthropomorphizes them in unexpected ways.
This isn’t the first time a designer has subverted this ordinary outdoor chair. Another series by Kai Linke mirrors the chairs so they produce everything from functional stools to strange art pieces.
“I am specialized in creating unique handcrafted objects while using the appearance of industrial made products,” Loeschner says. “These objects include a campfire effect. They attract attention, bring light and warmth into space and work as an eternal eye-catcher just like watching a fire burning.”
You can buy these chairs at contemporary arts shop Artstation.com. Here’s more info on the designer from them:
“Bert Löschner (*1981) is a product designer and artist. Born in Zwickau in Germany, Löschner became famous for his work with Monobloc-chairs, better known as garden or plastic chairs and available in even the remotest corner of the world.”
“Löschner liked the material of the stackable chairs; it took many experiments until he managed to transform them into new creations through thermoforming. Löschner went through 40 chairs in his experiments before he was able to create his first sculpture. It was impossible to work on the chairs with glue and it was the right technique that made the deformation possible. Now the artist creates fascinating and extraordinary objects from the formerly convenient but boring or even ugly everyday chairs.”