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    lot 300 — Tina Roeder, WHITE BILLION CHAIRS (2002/2009 )

unsold in slot Phosphenes, Flies and other Dots in auction Chapter 3
Concluded. 2021/9/4, 3 pm to 6 pm
auction finished. artworks are no longer visible for licensing reasons.

minimum price   2.300 €
price estimate   2.600 €

size   36 1/3 x 21 2/3 (x 23) inch
edition   1/33, Unique
signature   “TINA ROEDER 24/33" (signed on the back of the sculpture)
condition   Perfect
technique   Various plastics

The designer Tina Roeder does not want to supply the consumer with more elegant objects of everyday use; her interest is in what is left over, what has been discarded and the associations associated with it. On her neighbour’s balcony, she discovered one of those shabby white plastic chairs that an anonymous inventor christened Monobloc in the 1970s and which are considered the epitome of mass production in the capitalist throwaway society. She began to collect the chair over the years in all possible embossed variations and in the remotest places in the world. In an elaborate and yet monotonous, almost meditative process of processing and artistic appropriation, she uncovered the essence of this "archetype of late modernity". The result was her typological series WHITE BILLION CHAIRS (2002 - 2009), whose specimens are now spread out again in all directions. One example from the series was acquired by the Vitra Design Museum and found its way into the permanent collection of the museum in Weil am Rhein. The specimen shown here, on the other hand, was exhibited as one of six WHITE BILLION CHAIRS at the first Design Biennale in China.

Each of the 33 specimens was ground by hand and individually perforated with up to 10,000 holes. However, the WHITE BILLION CHAIRS no longer serve as utilitarian objects; their porous structure resembles that of pieces of fossilised coral. The motto is: DO NOT SIT !

Tina Roeder (*1975, Germany) graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and subsequently earned her Master’s degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven with Droog in 2004. After training at Studio Job in Antwerp, she founded her own studio in 2007. She lives and works in Berlin.

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