The Free Chair or 'Silla Libre' represents the philosophy of Spanish Hat Gallery and it constitutes the first debate between artistic disciplines. The concept is 40 equal chairs distributed to 40 different artists in order to obtain 40 unique interpretations of the chair designed by Max Gumpp & Hannes Gumpp and distributed by ABR. The selection of creative minds represents the future and current professionals of the Valencian community and a spectrum of what Spanish design is doing to become a global interest in design discourse.
Unoccupied chairs often miss the picture or memory of the event or person who occupied it. Chairs often sit quietly and lack a personal story. In isolation, it narrates on technology, time and function rather than a personalized voice. It is the environment that assists in narrating the story of the chair. In the 'Silla Libre' project, each chair narrates a story about its function, designer, creator and user. A great discourse on archetypes and how function and dialogue are infused onto a common colloquial artifact.
A homogenous chair resulting in a heterogenous dialogue on perspective, technique, point of view, and design. A selection of the chairs became the seating of the RED speed dating event where bloggers and design media took part of at the Feria Habitat and Valencia Disseny Week 2010. We couldn't help from noticing and inquiring about the project as they quickly generated conversations. Some designs were applied, others re-appropriated, others materialized; the array of chairs demonstrate the creativity, diversity and ingenuity of the Valencian community and Spanish design. Enjoy our favorites and tell us which one is your favorite!