- 9:36 am - Sat, Apr 28, 2012
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Street Seats is a furniture project developed by Bade Stageberg Cox for the Pier 94 Coffee Bar at The Armory Show. The 50 chairs, found abandoned on the streets of New York, were repaired and given a new life with a coat of taxi cab yellow paint.
Like the city’s residents, the chairs are an eclectic mix, migrating throughout the fair during its five-day run. The bottom of each chair is stamped and documented with the date and location it was recovered.
Having been converted into art for an actual art show, the chairs are of course now for sale. (I gather they’re going for $500 each.) More at Street Seats.
I have slightly mixed feelings. There’s no question that this is an impressive instance of object transformation that has as much to do with story/context as it does with, you know, yellow paint. But there’s something almost … commercial … about this execution. Or maybe that’s just me? If you have an opinion, leave a comment.