As part of the designjunction festival, four23 created ‘The Chair, In a Room, In a House’ - a playful, interactive public art installation.
For 2016, designjunction installed a series of bespoke red houses in Granary Square, Kings Cross; the home of Central Saint Martins and Google’s London HQ. Themed under the subject ‘Immersed in Design’, designjunction invited four23 to transform one of the houses.
The four23 exhibition was inspired by the words of Eliel Saarinen, adopted later by Charles and Ray Eames: “A chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.” The immersive experience explored the relationship between our physical surroundings and our ability to think, daydream and create.
The colourful spatial design of four23’s house was a modern interpretation of Mark Rothko’s austere New York studio; a single, painted wooden chair placed in the middle, where he could fully view the large-scale block-colour canvases leaning against the walls. His expressive work was characterized by bold abstract shapes, described by his daughter as “sort of a window to beyond…looking at the infinite.”
In the house, visitors were asked to take a seat in a replica chair and wear a virtual reality headset, letting their mind drift into a wandering state, whilst the four23 created 360 film, played through the VR device, narrated by performance artist, Jenny Lee.
This mind-wandering mode allows the brain to make new associations and connections, imagine things that do not yet exist, and daydream until they are inspired to action.