Žan Kobal —
design, writting and recearch


selected work





     chair 001

selected writing     
    On Memory and Materiality
     Design, Designs
    The Difficult Heritage Of A Broken Past



Inheritance Bench




steel, plastic

The Inheritance bench is a low-weight, customizable sitting system, originally developed as part of the Nostalgia For A World That Never Existed installation. It is a negotiation between the nostalgia of vernacular handcraft and industrial production methods, bridging the gap between tradition and contemporaneity.

A traditional chair with a woven seat is deconstructed and transformed through vacuum forming, creating a lightweight translucent surface that mimics the textures of the original straw. The resulting three dimensional texture reinforces the plastic making the seat structurally sound. Individual plastic seats are embedded into a minimal steel construction, which can be adjusted to carry any number of seats.

The result is a sleek bench, a ghostly figure of its former self, positioning the folk into contemporary spaces.