- John Leung. Design.
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Shadow is purposeful. Not only does this two dimensional adumbration create graphical cues, the shaded space between the shadow and the object also has numerous purposes. Architects have always been particularly fascinated by the use of shadow and shade in space. The architects who designed this chair aim to draw attention to the purposefulness of this humble but ubiquitous phenomenon of relative scarcity of light (or the relative abundance of darkness).
By constructing a three dimensional representation of a shadow and placing it underneath a chair, the “Purposefulness of Shadow” Chair is formed. Functionally, the “3D shadow” forms an extra rail to hang one’s coat without creasing it while one is leaning back. The (shaded) space between the “3D shadow” and the chair creates a compartment for laptops and handbags in a restaurant scenario. Visually, the “3D Shadow” disguises itself through optical illusion, bringing the focus to the minimal white chair.
Designed by John Leung for ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects in 2011.
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