Dutch design studio Tjep, created a serie of melted bronze chairs in an effort to create a collection of objects “totally opposite to the technology-driven trends” in design.
The studio designed a series of spindly hand-crafted furniture pieces in bronze- “the material that represents the dawn of civilisation”. “For this project I wanted to create something totally opposite to the technology-driven trends based on the emergence of new digital tools such as 3D printing,” said Tjepkema.
“I like the idea that bronze is precious and is therefore implicitly sustainable, it is either preserved or remelted but never discarded, who knows maybe these pieces contain a couple of remelted ancient bronze swords!”
The Bronze Age collection follows on from the Recession Chair – a mass-produced Ikea chair reduced in part to a skeletal shape to evoke the receding state of the global economy.
Tjep created a new version of this chair in bronze, with the original form in the patinated green condition of the material and the pared back section in its shiny metallic state.
The result is jus a fabulous design piece.