The Dancer chairs are made from recycled milk and juice bottles which are first shredded, melted, dyed and turned into pellets to then be combined and composed into any mixture of colours. The composition of colours for the chair reflect the flowing yellow ground, steel structure and reflection of the clouds in the LightCatcher MPavilion.
Designed by Kerli Valk and Bradley Mitchell of Nüüd Studio, winners of the chair design commission for MPavilion 2021, the ‘Dancer’ chairs were first a single circle drawn within the MPavilion, then evenly divided into 40 segments to create the individual chairs which each share the mark of open hands to reconnect again. The ‘Dancer’ chair was influenced by MAP studio (Venice)’s MPavilion in form, colour and material. The chairs were made from melted recycled plastic, made up of mostly milk and juice bottles.
The Dancer chair draws on the optimism of reconnecting, embracing and dancing together again. The chairs are first conceived as a singular, drawn circle under the canopy of the MPavilion. The individual chairs then form from the divisions of equal segments with each chair bearing the mark of open hands. The chairs disconnect and embrace in a continuous dance in and around the pavilion forming arcs and ribbons as events and meetings are held. Each chair is a gentle arc, a memory of the greater circler they can form again. The interactive nature of the project and its ideas of unity and togetherness considers the rituals of communal gathering and how we might repair our apprehension to public socialising today.
Photo credits: Gavin Green, Nuud Studio