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Pools & Pouf!

Robert Stadler

2004

BLACK LEATHER, PLYWOOD, SYNTHETIC FABRIC
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With “Pools and Pouf! “, Robert Stadler created a project based on a radical contestation of the social status of the sofa “I felt like saying that the historical dimension of the sofa makes it the piece of furniture that takes us from student-hood to adulthood, it is the ambassador of embourgeoisement. The day you buy a nice sofa, it’s all over!”. He imagined a destructive source that atomises the furniture and the materials, projecting the elements all over the room. Only the pouf survives and remains recognisable, the main shape evokes a collision between a floppy sofa and a rug, or a three-dimensional rug, lumps of matter like liquid stains are placed on the floor or the wall creating hypothetical cushions or paintings. The project was conceived using computer graphics with Stadler using a 3D mesh. This on-screen meshed effect, a stage in the design process, reappears in the final object using a padding method created in the 19th century for the Chesterfield. In order to prevent the historical reference from taking over, the padding has no buttons, it positions intersection points on the object. “Pools and pouf!” renews the history of furniture and highlights the singularity of the design project, placing the installation in a rapport with art and the manifesto.

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