On 19 December in La Galleria Nazionale, Martí Guixé will write the tag “Honour Cheap Furniture” on 150 white and 30 green monobloc chairs, along with 5 green monobloc tables, in an open performance. The chairs and tables will then be part of the furnishings at the museum auditorium and in la Sala delle Colonne, to be used as normal chairs and tables. | “Honour Cheap Furniture” is the third version of the “Statement Chair Series”, in which Guixé has addressed the phenomenon of cheap industrial products and designer chair “labels”. The classic monobloc plastic chair has many qualities of good design: it is inexpensive, democratic, technically plausible, functional, and robust; however, it suffers from a bad reputation. | The previous series were Stop Discrimination of Cheap Furniture (2004) and Respect Cheap Furniture (2009). The “Stop Discrimination of Cheap Furniture” series is found complete in the collection of the Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, while examples of "Respect Cheap Furniture” are in the collections of MAK in Vienna, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Vitra Design Museum, in Weil am Rhein.
Foto Inga Knölke 2018