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Sea Chair

Jones, Kieren and Murakami, Azusa and Groves, Alexander, Studio Swine (2011) Sea Chair. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Jones, Kieren and Murakami, Azusa and Groves, Alexander
Group or Collective Creators: Studio Swine
Description:

The Sea Chair Project merges craft, industry and design and looks to harness the struggling fishing industry to produce a series of chairs created from plastic collected at sea.

The first Sea Chair made from collected waste plastic from Porthtowan Beach, Britain’s most polluted micro plastic beach, was launched in 2012 at Milan Design Week.

The Project evolved as a result of research carried out into the levels of plastic waste in our oceans and seas.
Wishing to raise awareness of ever growing phenomena such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of plastic that spans twice the size of the United States, the Sea Chair Project was conceived to bring this message to a broad audience.

In addition to the ecological impacts that were investigated the project also proposed a social strand that looked at the dying fishing industry in the UK and ways that it could be harnessed and brought back to life.

Sea Chair is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Fishing industry; waste; ocean ecology; plastic; furniture
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: October 2011
Related Websites: http://seachair.com/, http://paradise.rca.ac.uk/?p=652
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Surface Tension: The Future of Water, Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland21 October 201120 January 2011
RCA Milan Paradise, Milan Design Week, Italy17 April 201222 April 2012
MOMA Gallery, New York, USA2012UNSPECIFIED
Eyebeam Gallery, New York, USA2012UNSPECIFIED
Material Matters, International Furniture Fair, Milan, Italy20122012
Material Matters: a future furniture fair at Dutch Design Week,Eindhoven, Netherlands October 20 - 28, 201220 October 201228 October 2012
Designs of the Year 2013, Design Museum, London, UK20 March 20137 July 2013
Design Column #4 - The Circle Is Round, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands23 March 201323 June 2013
23rd Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia27 September 201211 November 2012
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 14:53
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:53
Item ID: 6086
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6086

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