A philosophical journey through
the world of seating
We are producing a film that delves into the philosophical and design aspects of chairs
The documentary will feature interviews with contemporary theorists and practitioners who will share their insights on the concept of a chair
What's our goal?
We aim to explore how chairs reflect our interaction with the world and how they shape our perception of it.
Our discussions will cover both the philosophical and practical aspects of chairs, engaging with philosophers who contemplate the nature of reality, as well as designers who create objects that shape our environment
We will also showcase some of the most iconic chairs ever created, such as
Eames Lounge Chair
Louis Ghost Chair
Thonet Bentwood Chair
Bertoia Diamond Chair
Tulip Arm Chair
LC4 Chaise Lounge
Through these examples, we hope to uncover what makes these chairs so special and why designing the perfect chair is a dream for many designers
Many philosophers addressed the chair in their works, and the chair metaphor is commonly employed to illustrate various concepts
These range from the ontological nature of objects and how humans interact with the world, to the creation of values by the human mind and even the formation of the world itself. We will explore these ideas in depth.
Heidegger's central argument is that the chair, as a work of art, reveals the "truth" of the world in two ways
It reveals the "truth" of the world as a set of equipment, or things that are used to accomplish a task
It reveals the "truth" of the world as a place where human beings dwell
Heidegger believes that the chair, as a work of art, reveals the way that things are in the world and the way that human beings interact with the world
Jean-Paul Sartre in his Being and Nothingness uses the example of a chair to illustrate the idea of "being-for-itself" and "being-in-itself" where the chair is an object that exists independently of the subject, while the subject exist independently of the chair.
In The Republic, Plato uses the metaphor of a "divine craftsman" or demiurge to make the world
He compares this craftsman to a carpenter, who makes a bed or a chair which are a copy of eternal forms in the world of forms
Friedrich Nietzsche uses the metaphor of a "chair" in Thus Spoke Zarathustra,
Where he talks about how the human mind creates values and how these values are like chairs that we sit on. He argues that these values are created by the human mind and are not inherent in the world
We will find a way to discuss it all.
The film will be available for viewing in 2024
Join us on this journey as we unravel the fascinating world of chairs!
Concept author and producer — Natasha Klimchuk
Together with co-producer Olga Morozova, Natasha has created three documentaries about design that have been shown in numerous countries
With a philosophical degree under her belt, Natasha is also a co-founder of the illustration agency Bang! Bang!, design studio Lunatum and magazine Lunatum Mag.
She has conducted around 200 interviews with famous Russian artists and designers and built the cult online design school in Russia BBE.
Two ChairsProject type