Cross Cultural Chairs

8 chairs from 8 countries: diversifying modern seating

FormaFantasma, Aldo Cibic, Tulio Amarante, Ana Elena Mallet, Hisashi Ikai, Ayos Purwoaji, Shell Xu, Spandana Gopal, Alexandra Sankova, Wale Lawal

From the intuition of using the everyday object of the chair as a key to explore different cultures, to the final set of eight exemplars designed and produced in eight different countries with local designers and artisans, Cross Cultural Chairs sits at the border between research and design, anthropology and sociology, past and future, local traditions and the globalized world. The book is structured as a first person report in which Matteo Guarnaccia tells of his encounters with eight of the most populated countries in the world (Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Nigeria), exploring through chairs and the act of sitting the history, power relations, and  socio-cultural habits of the communities he visits. The eight chairs presented at the end of the book reflect these personal encounters with the collective identities of the eight countries, but also the perspectives of locals who were involved in the research, design, and production process. The text, photos, and images of the chairs’ series beautifully recreate the intimacy of the experience of the author’s encounters for the readers, inviting them to sit onto each chair and look at the world from a different perspective.

— Chiara Dorbolò, Curator of the Architecture Book Fair 2021

Author: Introduction interviews by FormaFantasma and Aldo Cibic followed by contributed texts by Tulio Amarante, Ana Elena Mallet, Hisashi Ikai, Ayos Purwoaji, Shell Xu, Spandana Gopal, Alexandra Sankova and Wale Lawal

Edited by: Giulia Catalano

Publisher: Onomatopee

Design: Studio Albert Romagosa, Matteo Guarnaccia

Dimensions: 17 x 24 cms

Number of pages: 388

Language: English

Cover: Soft Cover

ISBN: 978-94-93148-45-1

First year edition: 2020


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