I smiled when I saw the tip submission from Christian Andersen, a Danish designer. It reminded me of one of my early posts at TreeHugger, about David Olschewski's chair made from brooms. It was the first post on the subject of adhocism, which Charles Jencks described as:
...using an available system or dealing with an existing situation in a new way to solve a problem quickly and effectively. It is a method of creation relying particularly on resources which are already at hand.
But Christian's chair just looks like brooms; in fact it is made from piassava fibers, from a Brazilian palm that is, in fact, used to make brooms. He also appears to have used broom making technology to put the fibers in. So I cannot strictly call it adhocism in the way I have traditionally used it, but it is a sort of adhocism of ideas.
The designer writes:
A small lounge chair made of recycled oak and Piassava fibers. The idea was to create a piece of furniture, which included a material that had not yet been used in furniture design. The purpose of this furniture was trying to locate a material that would break with the ordinary consumer’s habitus, in order to increase consumers’ perceptions about what materials can be used for furniture today. Contemporary furniture is mostly made of either wood, metal, plastic, leather, fabric - and it has been so for the last 25 years. I wanted to design a chair that contained a new material, which could be added to the already existing collection of materials for furniture; an attempt to broaden the horizon.
I wonder what it is like to sit on. More at Christian Andersen Design
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