Jorge Penadés is a young Spanish designer currently based in Málaga. He has sent me his latest project, the Nomadic Chair, a self-produced temporary seat hand crafted for one person. The chair will be presented at the second edition of Product Design Madrid, a fresh Spanish platform for product design that will take place at the Architectural Association of Madrid from de 21st to the 24th of November.
Responding to society’s current and future needs born from modern culture, this project explores the potential of temporary furniture. Reducing comfort to the minimum in order to enlarge mobility to the maximum, Penadés encourage us to reconsider our ideas of contemporary furniture and give them new meanings in a more ephemeral context.
“Luxury is not anymore a matter of comfort. Nowadays, luxury is to be able to decide where you want to have a moment of peace, a chance to escape from hectic activity of contemporary lifestyles”.
The Nomadic series is composed of a chair and a bench.
This project is based on a structure without any kind of screws, nails or glue. The system works through connections inspired by traditional wooden joinery that can be assembled and disassembled by hand, with small gestures in (approx.) 2 minutes. This fact allows the user to move easily with the seat from one place to another, emphasizing dynamism as the object’s inherent purpose.
Nomadic Chair is part of “Nomadic Seating Series”, a further development of Penadés’s Graduation project “Nomadic Studio”, presented at Escola Superior de Disseny i d’Arts Plàstiques (ESDAP) in Barcelona last June.
Jorge Penadés is currently investigating new possibilities of temporary furniture in order to create a collection of pieces within the same principle, understanding furniture as itinerant objects rather than static.
Dimensions : 34 x 42 x 82 cm (width/depth/height)
Materials: chair crafted in solid ash & powder coated steel / backpack made of leather & ratchets
Photos © Jorge Penadés