CHARPAYA, 2016 / In Front series
Cotton, painted metal.
H : 50 X 180 X 60 cm
Its name means « four (char) feet (paya) ». This rectangular structure acts as a frame for woven straps. Originally, this was the poor man’s bed in the rural areas of India. Charpaya is a hybrid object, intended as a cross between a work table and a day bed. The right weave makes it possible to obtain a rigid surface and the flexibility of the ties provides the necessary comfort.
This series was designed with the goal to invite people to reconsider their doorsteps. By creating a framework for new experiments, it attempts to make them more sociable. Too private to be more than a place of passage and too public to be considered by its inhabitants, the area surrounding our entrance doors can nevertheless be stage where individual and collective spaces meet. In many cultures this frontier brings together these two worlds. Whether it is to work, to relax or to meet new people, doorsteps are living spaces open to the outside. Each piece evokes uses and habits encountered on the doorsteps of a different cultures.