Living Space III
Designer: Karen Chekerdjian
Object: Living Space III limited edition of 8 + 2 P, multi-purpose furniture/installation
Carwan Gallery commission, produced in Lebanon 2012
Material: rattan, acajou wood
Dimensions: 268 cm x 50 cm x 69 cm
Description: sculptural and functional, this piece combines a lounger, coffee table, stool, and magazine rack into a single unit that becomes more than furniture. It is a living space, verging on architecture. This collection began many years ago with Living Space I and II. Living Space III harkens back to the radical designs of earlier eras, yet its shape and conception are very clearly of today. Sanded in places, notably at the head and feet, the chair conveys an impression of use, as well as one of ease, familiarity, and comfort, even while being rigidly constructed. The wooden structure is made airy by its rattan panels- a style once commonly used to make sidewalk café chairs in Lebanon. Its embroidered cushion references the lhaf, the quilted blanket used in wintertime in Lebanese mountain houses.