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KARMAN, 2015 / Japa series

Armchair
Recycled tissue, painted metal, wood.
H : 73 X 55 cm

« Karman » illustrates all of our actions, grouped in the sum of what an individual has done, is doing or will do. Our interdependence forces all of our actions to act on the form of the world we live in. Similarly to this structure, our environment changes when we change our habits. The seat of this chair is mounted on a spring allowing it to be lowered with the weight of its user. Thanks to this pressure, the armrests and the backrest are formed. Its use consists in taking advantage of its shapes to sit and witnessing its change when standing up. Staying in a comfortable posture is instinctive, change takes on its full meaning here when we decide to stand up and act.

This furniture series has been designed in such a way that the use illustrates a truth. Repeated daily, it invites us to reflect on the meaning it conveys. Japa is a hindu technique based on the mechanical repetition of a divine name or a mantra so as to enter into meditation. Japa can be done aloud, in a low voice, silently mouthing the words or mentally. Specialists consider purely mental japa to be the most effective. If we can concentrate all our attention and imagine the ideal to which the repeated element corresponds, then we can find some answers to the questions we are asking ourselves. To put away a book, to adjust the lighting in a room or to sit down on a chair are examples of uses that we repeat and which could serve as a starting point for reflection.

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