CHRISTOPHER BOOTS join Cult’s ‘Chairity’ project to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)Posted 20 Nov 2016
Each creative is given complete freedom to reinvent a selected designer chair, which is exhibited and auctioned off to a charity of the creative’s own choice. 2016 marks the third edition of Cult’s annual ‘Chairity Project’.
In previous years, Cult has invited creatives to bravely reinterpret an iconic design, including the CH33 (1957) by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son and the Series 7 (1955) by Arne Jacobsen for Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Christopher Boots has reinvented the Officina chair with gold leaf and volcanic glass, and will donate the proceeds to the ASRC. Christopher shares, “Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass; a blackness that hides its origins as the blood of the earth. Pure gold leaf has been used on the chair surface, a nod to traditional artisanal techniques used by the Bouroullec brothers for the wrought iron chair base. This base also originated in fire; transformed by human ingenuity and skill, to become an object designed for the anthropomorphic era.
The ‘seater’ may glimpse these origins and perhaps realise some uncomfortable truths about the way global resources are (mis) managed by humans. I have chosen to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Center. As suggested by my concept, our communal resources around the world have been coopted by vested interest groups. We are one human family, and only when we can all move as freely as capital does across borders, will I be able to rest my privileged firstworld butt down on a chair like this.”