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MuddyCap Sits You Down

Words:

Edd Norval
June 4, 2021

With varying degrees of functionality, Instagram user @muddycap makes chairs as a kind of larger conceptual project exploring and deconstructing exactly what a chair is and can be. We sit on them, but we also spend a lot of time looking at them. Luckily, then, we have people making them look this good.

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Almost every single day of the week, the account posts a new chair. Located, it seems, in South Korea, not much else is known about the creator beyond their obsession with one of the staples of household furniture. 


Chairs sit at that perfect precipice between art and plain furniture, form and function. From the Bauhaus’ iconic cantilevered chair to the mass-produced, yet equally as iconic, IKEA plastic bucket chairs. We all need them, we all use them, yet they’re something often regarded as an afterthought when shaping our homes.


MuddyCap manages to incorporate the moods of popular culture in their whimsical creations, of which many are constructed with stainless steel and artificial leather, allowing for significant levels of customisation for the artist in a recognisable framework of American-style diner chairs. But, they're not limited to those materials.

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Others ebb further towards the form and, although still functional, thrive off of this exploration of shape and colour. Utilising plastic and resin, the shapes become far more fluid, accentuating particular features through the near-endless possibilities available in terms what these materials are capable of being manipulated into.


Although largely a page dedicated to the infinitesimal options of things that can be sat on, the Korean creator also makes multi-functional pieces, where a stool can become a table, either as part of other sets or completely alone as a stand-out piece of usable installation art. It's mostly chairs, but not just.


Borrowing from an aesthetic steeped in the contemporary internet, many of the chairs are a mish-mash of cultural design cornerstones, a melange imaginable only in a time when we are so hyper-connected. They’re also indicative of a tireless and restless mind, whose prolific creator continues to challenge pre-conceptions about limitations within a very limited medium. 


Using Instagram as a virtual catalogue and dealing mostly in cryptocurrency, these are chairs from the Bauhaus brought into a new generation - the perfect creations for the post-internet posterior.

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