the secret chair project

The purpose of the Secret Chair Project organized by Perspective is to celebrate local design and salute a humble item of furniture which plays a key role in many Hong Kong homes and in the lives and livelihoods of generations of Hong Kongers. With a simple task: to repurpose, revamp or completely restyle Hong Kong’s simple and iconic folding stool.

“For over two decades, the Vitra Design Museum has been making miniature replicas of milestones in furniture design from its collection. The Miniatures Collection encapsulates the entire history of industrial furniture design – moving from Historicism and Art Nouveau to the New Objectivity of Bauhaus and Radical Design, and from Postmodernism all the way up to the present day. Exactly one sixth of the size of the historical originals, the chairs are all true to scale and precisely replicate the smallest details of construction, material and colour. This has made the miniatures into popular collector's items as well as ideal illustrative material for universities, design schools and architects.”

The thing is, if Hong Kong was invited to manufacture a representative miniature this iconic stool undoubtedly deserves the honor. We decided to simply make a one sixth of the original following the same mechanism by using 3D printing technology.

Completed in 2013.