What you see are the same colored balloons with which clowns entertain children, making flowers, hats, even chairs. Sitting on one of those would truly be a circus act. The clown assembles it, walks around it, relishes the imminent relaxation of resting on it. Then he sits, collapses and laughter is guaranteed.
Instead designer Niels Schuurmans (born in 1983), a collaborator, among others, of Marteen Baas, managed to turn these chairs made of air and plastic into real pieces of furniture, by putting the balloons inside a braided fibre tube and then hardening the fibre with epoxy resin.
No longer play-furniture, but furniture that plays, in various forms: chairs, tables, stools, mirrors and clothes hangers. There's something for all tastes. Fun furnishings for a clown's house, or for anyone who desires decorating their living room with a touch of whimsy.
The opportunity to present the complete series was provided by Salone del Mobile 2014, during the show of Maarten Baas, who transformed a Milanese garage into a big top kaleidoscope made of objects, colors, sounds and movement. It was also the chance to take a peak at a few designers, dressed up as melancholic clowns and secluded in the rooms set up in the space. As if depicting the joy, vanity, but also the sadness of the contemporary designer.
Photos via nielsschuurmans.nl