Easy Chair


Easy Chair

Jerszy Seymour | 2004

Stacking chair with arms.
Material: polypropylene with glass fibre added. Standard injection-moulded. Suitable for outdoor use.

For more information, visit magisdesign.com.

Height: 65 cm
Length: 59 cm
Width: 61 cm

Magis was born in August 1976 and just a few weeks later, the company at the Milan Furniture Fair appeared (in those days it was held in September). Since then, each year it has participated in the Fair to present its new products. And obviously, also this year Magis is bringing along its new things, however not like in the past as projects in the prototype stage, but as finished products. This is good news: the sign of a mature company. Now there is no longer the slightest shadow of doubt connected to the transmutation from prototype to product. That’s a risk that’s often slithering around the Magis products, because it always works on the edge, exploring the outer limits of technology to an extent where precious few other design manufacturers go. Twenty-one new products for the 2006 Fair, concluding a three-year design cycle that resulted in perhaps the best annual harvest that Magis has ever reaped in its 30-year existence.

Jerszy Seymour is a designer in the broadest sense of the word. He sees design as the creation of situations, as the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and thus it is as much about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. His goal is the transformation of reality, guided by constant humour, a tainted sense of poetry and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK. His work spans from playing with industrial and post-industrial produced objects, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of media and materials, all the way to film, performance, music and writing.

He was born in Berlin in 1968 and grew up in London, where he studied at South Bank Polytechnic (1987 – 1990) before taking Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art (1991 – 1993). Shortly after this he moved to Milan and started working on his own independent projects. In 2004, Seymour moved to Berlin where he founded the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop, and embarked upon a series of conceptual projects seeking to revitalize the position of design within society.

These and other ongoing experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. Parallel to this, he has also designed products and strategies for companies including Magis, Vitra and Alessi. Seymour’s work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Berlin, and the Palais de Tokyo. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the ‘Fonds National d’Art Contemporain’, France, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the MAK in Vienna and the ‘Musée d´Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean’ in Luxembourg. As an integral part of his workshop philosophy, he teaches and holds workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, etc.

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