Orson Van Beek

Department: Man and Communication

Deflated Icon - LC2.2

What: A reassessment of the way we look at iconic objects.

Why: Our common association with deflated objects is that they are broken or need fixing. But Orson Van Beek believes that deflating something can give it shape and breathe new life into it. It also enabled him to reinterpret an iconic design, the LC2 chair by Le Corbusier, thereby manipulating our preconceived ideas about the value of objects.

How: Orson chose the LC2 because its cube shape makes imperfections noticeable straight away. It’s also a recognisable icon. Moreover, not only has it often been replicated, but it is also an imitation itself. The deflated chair presents a contrast between the soft cushions and the hard steel frame.

“I want to deflate recognisable icons”

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Ronald Smits