Jing Tao



Questioning the orders of Furniture

It interests me that one formal characteristics of ordinary furniture is that it should be easily ignored by the user. This is useful in that it helps people develop practical habits with the furniture. It also means that the furniture becomes functionally invisible.

In this project I try to question the normal orders of furniture seeking to express a surreal absurdity which exists between reality and imagination. I am working to break the traditional forms of balance and to substitute them with new ones provoking the viewer to question habitual behaviours and routines.
I address the question of the formal orders of furniture by the using a language of
ʻbreaking realityʼ and ʻbreaking away from realityʼ. A cycle table and a rectangular table are ʻcrushedʼ to give different possibilities of usage. In parallel the final objects also describe an interesting collision relationship between two different furniture orders.
Though this project, I also want to explore a current issue in developing economies; as a higher standard of living grows for many in these communities does this mean that their surroundings are updated in a way that expresses their contemporary lives? Or challenges habits and assumptions of use?