Presented at D3 competion at IMM cologne 2012, David Hanauer's project "vice chair but table versa be cause wall and floor" wonders about our relationship to objects (as furniture) in space.
Shifting between a sculptural object and a piece of furniture, this table and chair shows and reifies how social interaction in space can develop, and how it depends on a conscious decision for or against it.
The geometrical shaping of the design presents an abstraction of both a chair and a table; these are merely a possibility. Each object can either be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall, existing visually as a sculpture or utilised physically as furniture: By adding two sheets of metal the rectangular wooden structure becomes a functional table, while the addition of a leather cusion to the cubical object creates the seating of a chair.
Both furniture concepts inscribe space and describe space in a model-like way as a place defined by reciprocal interaction between object and subject, between a decision for pure aesthetics or functional use. David Hanauer's objects require that their viewer, who may become a user, positions him or herself regarding the structure within, and extending from a given space. They give the viewer the option of disregarding function, or defining a product that does not force its own use, but enables utilisation.