Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Abstract

Imagine a world in which products were not assembled like inanimate objects, but born like living species. How would products adapt? What new forms and functions would evolve?

Through manipulation of furniture, these sculptures serve as a means to explore relationships between biological systems and mass-produced goods. Each piece combines the results of evolution, as dictated by genetic mutation and natural selection, with simple, commonplace chairs. Using IKEA as a starting source, with a world wide spread and extreme proliferation that mirrors that of bacterial and insect colonies, each piece has been manipulated from its base form to illustrate different mechanisms that drive evolution in natural species.

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