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PROPHETS & PENITENTS -Confessions of a chair- by DAMn Magazine and Galleria Blanchaert
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ORATORIO DELLA PASSIONE SANT’AMBROGIO
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AN INITIATIVE OF:
GALLERIA BLANCHAERT & DAMN°
ELENA AGUDIO & ALEXANDRA
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A chair is a chair is a chair.
Some come close to religion, others are ugly as sin. A narrative on an almost sacral theme, for the designer the creation of a chair is like that of a string quartet to the composer: a unique reading of it creator’s cerebral signature, revealing his modus operandi against the zeitgeist.

To celebrate the existence of this daily-life four-legged comfort-bringer, about thirty designers were invited to the Oratorio della Passione at Sant’Ambrogio - Milan’s oldest church - to express their personal confessions on chair prototyping.

The exhibition reveals the invisible detours on the quest for perfection. Those imperfect-perfect moments, where against all the clichés of digital 3D moulding, prototyping still continues to be regularly performed, in this instance, by the canonical elite and the choirboys as well.

That the word ‘prototype’ is an elastic concept, we experienced upon receiving the first entries. Some chairs are a prototype to the true sense of the word: first experiments in a preliminary stadium of the design process to mass-production. Others are rather one-off sculptures - intended or not – (nearly) finished pieces doomed to stay a first prototype forever – with or against their will. But there’s a place for everyone in the church: having different genders, we decided to give them a different wing in the chapel.

A few chair designs transcend the level of true prophecy, others cry out for mercy and penitence, but true to the embrace of our design faith we administer them all with absolution - albeit just for the passion of the ur-chair. (Walter Bettens)