Stabelle, armchair reworked (based on Pipistrello), 2015
Larch, oak, beech, steam curved, H 95 x W 65 x D 55 cm, prototype
A farmhouse chair. Simple, direct, practical. Made of hardwood. A chair for sitting up straight, for sitting AND eating, for sitting AND working. This is not a chair to relax in. Here you sit to do something. And then get up again. When an armrest is added, something changes. This becomes a chair not just to sit in, but to lean back in and do nothing. To relax in.
(bread•ed [breded] es•ca•lope [’eskl up] see
(especially Viennese) Schnitzel, n.)
breadedEscalope was founded in 2008 by Sascha Mikel, Martin Schnabl and Michael Tatschl after their studies at Kingston University London. The aim of their work is to find new approaches and strategies for generating socially sustainable objects. The Viennese collective addresses issues relating to the socioeconomic/social and cultural relevance of spaces and artefacts. Their work is characterized by a critical involvement with the purpose and necessity of contemporary art and design as a part of modern life. This discourse defines conceptual solutions which pursue a holistic approach beyond beautification. Experimental, interpretative approaches, with a strong connection to sculpture and performance, are manifested in single objects and small editions. The works are understood as irritating elements that claim an open dialogue and critical reception of daily experiences and routine. Their projects display an open approach to the borderline between objects of art and objects of utility. Sustainability, readiness to hand and responsible product development are confronted with the independence of art and artistic freedom. These gaps and overlaps between fine art and design demand an inherent paradigmatic change, which shapes the studio’s working methods and the overall shape of the studio.