chair thing

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A little midweek fun here with a Pop Art inspired design created from a single piece of die-cut, folded card.  In 1967 the designer Peter Murdoch came up with a range which was marketed as 'Those Things:  Fibreboard Furniture for the Young' and included Chair Things, Stool Things and Table Things.  Over 76,000 pieces were sold in six months in 1967, retailing at less than £1 each.  Despite several awards including Winner of Design Centre Award in 1968, the potential for mass-production was never fully realised - and as 'Pop' furniture was designed to be disposable, sadly few examples have survived.

Credits/Image:  V&A

4 comments:

  1. How interesting! It doesn't look terribly strong so no wonder there's not many left! xx

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    1. An interesting concept though don't you think - a design which would work so well today given our tendency for throw-away consumerism coupled with recycling being the preferred norm.

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  2. When I first saw the image I thought it was some kind of origami party hat. So cute! They would be perfect for kid's parties. Perhaps white with red spots to look like toadstools? :)

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  3. I'm embarrassed to say I remember quite a few card chairs because even at 8/9 years old I hankered after them. Orange and pink were my favourite combo!

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