Orson Van Beek

Department: Man and Communication

Figurative Furniture

What: Furniture that refers to and reflects contemporary culture.

Why: Figurative furniture disappeared over the centuries. By eliminating decoration, we focused on essential needs instead, seen as geometrical and abstract. Orson Van Beek breathes new life into the figurative with screens, wires and cables.

How: The image depicted onto the screen forms a simple no-content grid. The display is an empty container. Once someone sits on the chair, they become the content. Constructed from ordinary cables, the lamps represent our digital dependency. Wires become the centrepiece, not things that are hidden. The chair supported by cables expresses the dynamics of a messy composition.

“I am interested in furniture that references the culture in which it exists”

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Photographs: Ronald Smits