EXPLORATION OF A GOSSIP CHAIR

〰️understanding through making 〰️





“Why do things look the way they do, assembled the way they are? How did they evolve to their current state and not something else?
What powers and agencies have been, and are constantly in motion? What forms of social order do they perform and what ideals and norms do they support? Departing from current perceptions of sociomaterial culture this exploration approaches the topic of ‘Origins’, critically examining an artefact the Gossip Chair from three relevant perspectives: Relations, Space and Quality, by making design experiments, exploring along the lines of these perspectives. Alternative possibilities allow for new insights how things could be configured differently. “

Exploring the object Gossip Chair, in relation to theory of  proxemics from Edward T. Hall based on the understanding of body language and personal space versus public space. The Gossip Chair also knowed by several names such as: le confident, conversation, tête-à-tête, love seat,
where its primary intentions are implied in the name itself, it’s an object loaded with history, meanings and connections.
Explorating around Quality of the object itself and Relations between Social connections and Emotional outcomes the object can provoke, by exaggerating its features of touch and closeness. Could this make it easy to confess our feelings, to find love, to confront some else?




On the other hand intimacy is the most important feauture of this particular double chair, it is meant for sharing and connecting with others. Could this be made by bringing Intimacy into the Public Space and how are we confronted with sharing sensory characteristics that represent the intimate space with strangers; such as body heat and wispering. When is there a limit for this intimitate and private space!?





What happens when the proposals enter existing networks of people and products? Can the intentions be communicated through things?



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