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







chicken wire mesh, burnt wood

The “chair” project was born out of contemplation on western-centric comprehension of design, which sees design as innovation. This type of thinking has brought forth many products that, in the name of innovation, operate with archetypal forms and reinterpret them in new materials. They often prove to be less suitable or even completely unfit, rendering the products useless.

A wooden chair is wrapped with chicken wire and the set on fire, an act that strips the original of its functionality, degrading it to be nothing more but a mold.

By doing this, the project becomes an ideological research on the meaning of archetypes and the characteristics that define them. The final product retains the form of a chair, but loses its function through material change. This raises a question; is the result still a chair, or has it become something completely different?