We are inspired by the way Chinese people repair their own mazha stools, by using everyday objects- and materials, instead of immediately purchasing a new one. The use of these ‘normal’ objects and materials create a new and sometimes even estranged image of the stool. The fact that this way of hands-on and fast repairing is most of the time not about aesthetics but just about functionality inspired us. We believe that this kind of usage causes a new tension between designer and consumer. It opens doors for the designer to rethink their own design process and it creates a whole new level of aesthetics. The stool we designed is not necessarily better than the traditional mazha but we support and supply in the need to have the possibility to easily replace or adjust certain parts to make it unique.
The seat of the mazha is connected to the frame by using existing industrial extrusion profiles from a dutch company called ‘Rubbermagazijn’. By connecting the industrial profile in this way, there is no need of using glue or staples to fixate the seat to the frame. This profile makes it easy to customise the seat of the stool, allowing different materials, such as plastic bags, towels and foil, to be used and connected to the frame. This way of creating or building an object is adjustable to a broad range of different everyday products, like shoes or furniture. We even believe it is possible to use this way of thinking within architecture modular building solutions.
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