The Selfportrait of Ka-Lai Chan

published in: Design By Apostolos Mitsios, 15 September 2009

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photo © Ka-Lai Chan

Self perception is the key to stability and happiness and it seems that Dutch designer Ka-Lai Chan has been questioning a lot of herself lately. She introduces us to her latest work called “Selfportrait”, a graduation project for the school of arts in Utrecht based on the emotions and suppressed feelings that she has experienced. The aforementioned is reflected in a very direct and still confusing way in this chair, the black pu textile reminds someone of the s/m games of dominance/submission, which can also describe a particular state of mind. On the other hand, the polyether foam irregular surface of the chair gives someone the impression of a strange tumor growing out of ones body. It looks fluffy but dangerous at the same time.

photo © Marion Panhuijzen

We let Ka-Lai describe her work in her own words: “In the past I have always found myself to be a quiet and introvert person. I suppressed my own emotions and didn't dare to show my feelings to other people. I was afraid that people would find me weird for being who I am. It felt like there was something growing on me, getting bigger and bigger like a tumor. I always tend to hide away my personality, but on the other hand I want nothing more but to open up and just be myself.” One way or another, “Selfportrait” screams for attention and it’s up to you to make your own judgment.

photo © Ka-Lai Chan

photo © Ka-Lai Chan

photo © Ka-Lai Chan


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    ΧžΧ Χ•Χ¨Χ•Χ? | 2009-11-16 19:05:31

    I am not sure if I will install it at home, but certainly this design is original. I guess it is 'too realistic' for me.

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