London based art consultancy Fair & Co invited artists, architects and designers to transform the iconic Ernest Race BA2 chair for the Work It exhibition held at Selfridges, Oxford Street from 30 April to 11 June 2015.
A joint collaboration between Fair & Co and the Duchess of Cambridge’s charity, The Art Room, which offers art as therapeutic intervention for children facing challenges in their lives, the chairs were sold through online auction house Paddle8 with all proceeds going to The Art Room.
Our exploration of the BA2 chair, which dates back to 1947, took inspiration from modern day working methods and the increase in agile working, especially with mobile devices like an iPad or laptop.
For the transformation, we took a recycled aluminium BA2 chair and removed one of the four legs and used it to create a lectern, integrating a wooden section of the seat pan to complete the look and create a holder for the technological device. Then we made a new inner seat pan from a piece of vegetable tanned English side leather.
The transformation evolved around the form of the chair and how we could present a playful, yet functioning alternative. By taking the very special design that is over 65 years old and altering its generic form, we wanted to create a product that is fitting of a tech start-up office or usable within a school and college environment.