Studio 9191 Creates Chairs That Mimic Human Flesh
I just had to share this amazing work called A Body of Skin by Studio 9191. It reminds me a lot of a photographic work I completed ages ago in high school for my HSC. However it also reminds me of one of my favourite Japanese sweets - Mochi!
A Body of Skin is a furniture collection that explores the almost infinite subtleties and variations of the skin's surface and the different forms bodies can take. The skins are applied to the silicon chairs and stools as you can see in photos 2 and 3 below. When a viewer sits on these pieces of furniture Studio 9191 asks them to question the relationship and level of comfort they have with their own bodies and other items.
The Silicone used for the base pieces of furniture has a quality that is instantly evocative of skin. Gigi Barker says:
To fully submerge the user in the experience, I impregnated the silicon with a smell to further push the boundaries of its relationship to the user. I selected my model’s preferred aftershave in order to permeate it with pheromones so that I might be able to further prompt a response.
The leather applied over the pieces are created using classic upholstery techniques such pattern cutting, buttoning, and moulding. These leather skins visually represent our skin but also create a more subtle visual impact.