Designed specially for the exhibition Bal at Palace Soestdijk in the Netherlands for the summer of 2016, curated by Anne van der Zwaag. Palace Soestdijk used to be the residence of princes Juliana and prince Bernard. It was their home for over six decades until their deaths in 2004. Since spring 2006, it has been possible for public to visit, pending a decision about its future use. From the 25th of June to the 25th of September the exhibition Bal exhibits 40 dutch artists and designers whom have been asked to create something around the theme: Bal
Game of garden thrones
As child princes Juliana dreams of a 'normal' life. As queen she is more approachable than her mother Wilhelmina and daughter Beatrix, she stands closer to the people. However hard she tries to live normally her position always stayed quite unique.
When asked to design furniture for the palace garden we thought a throne would be appropriate, and not just any throne, a 'normal' throne. Is it possible to design a 'normal' throne? We took the most democratic imaginable of all chairs, the one chair affordable to just about everybody and anybody and tried to make it very special. This became: Game of garden thrones.
To achieve the most 'normal' of all thrones we designed a special add on inspired by the very gardens so much cherished by Juliana. Using parametric design algorithmes imitating the structure of leaf cells we had the computer generate a transformations from the ordinary garden chair, the result is a very normal chair uplifted to royal appearance through the addition of a special ornamental collar.
The materialization consists of many hundreds of laser cut parts assembled together by hand to form an elegantly curved form. We displayed 6 different chairs varying from bright orange (the royal colour) to white, transparant and radient.
Date: July 2016
Design: Frank Tjepkema
Reaslisation: Heloise Leveque, Ilaria Battaglia
Materials sponsored by Pyrasied
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