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Dress Your Chair Collection_Yumeng Gai

YUMENG GAI

Dress Your Chair

Thesis Statement

Upholstery is the dress for furniture. As apparel for humans, upholstery has the power to shape the identity of furniture. By changing different upholsteries, furniture will have fresh identities that bring vitality to both the furniture itself and the surrounding environment. And during the process of changing “cloth” for furniture, people will build a deeper relationship with the furniture they already have. 

About Dress Your Chair Collection

What is the reason for throwing away a chair? The style does not fit in the room anymore? Or the upholstery is broken? The idea of the Dress Your Chair project is to design a series of removable upholstery works for common home products, such as the IKEA ADDE Chair, and ARD Floor Lamp, which are accessible and easy to assemble. The upholstery can be put on and taken off as easily as apparel for humans. During the process of changing apparel for our furniture, we build closer relationships with the things we already have.

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Undergarment for Dress Your Chair Collection

Foam/Fabric 
2020

 

The Dress Your Chair upholstery series includes three sets of foam undergarments with various densities and forms, and four sets of “apparel” inspired by four different seasons: spring dress, summer beach suit, autumn jumpsuit, and winter Teddy coat. Undergarments are mainly made up of foam, providing enough support and comfort for an enjoyable seating experience. 

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Spring Dress for Dress Your Chair Collection

Fabric
2020

 

The Dress Your Chair upholstery series includes three sets of foam undergarments with various densities and forms, and four sets of “apparel” inspired by four different seasons: spring dress, summer beach suit, autumn jumpsuit, and winter Teddy coat. Undergarments are mainly made up of foam, providing enough support and comfort for an enjoyable seating experience. 

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Autumn Jumpsuit for Dress Your Chair Collection

Fabric/Wool Felt
2020

For the autumn season, the covering has a jumpsuit look. By selecting classic houndstooth pattern fabric, and a movable wool felt hat as accessory, the suit gives the chair and space an elegant and business look.

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Winter Teddy Coat for Dress Your Chair Collection

Fabric
2020

For winter, the Teddy coat designed for the chair provides a cozy and comfortable seating experience. 

Summer Suit for Dress Your Chair Project

Cane
2020

The summer collection is a little bit different from others. Inspired by the beach holiday in summer, Cane and natural raffia are used instead of foam and fabric, bringing a natural, relaxed, and lightweight feeling to the chair and space. 

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Pretend to be a Tiger

Fabric
2019

Exploring the potential of upholstery.


 

The life of a piece of furniture is a journey. Like all other creatures on the planet, they desire to enjoy this changeable world. Who says they must be the same until discarded? I wish my friends, my furniture, could enjoy the excitement of life, their own life.