Gitta Gschwendtner's Bag stools 14.01.09

Gitta Gschwendtner's Bag stools

words Johanna Agerman

We went to the Design Museum last night and found these Bag stools by Gitta Gschwendtner on the wet and windy pavement of Shad Thames by the Design Museum Tank.

Bag stools are casts of the negative space of paper bags turned upside down, making the base of the bag a perfect seating area. London-based designer Gitta Gschwendtner was commissioned by the Design Museum and Time Out last autumn to create an object for the museum’s exhibition Design Cities. Given a very vague brief about investigating links between design and the city, she chose the theme “consume”, which is the name of Time Out’s shopping section.

“Because we all consume too much I wanted people to acknowledge what’s around them and to create a piece where people can contemplate their surroundings,” explains Gschwendtner. The result is this collection fragile-looking stools that look like they would crumble under the sitter’s weight.

Cast in woodcrete, a mix of woodfibre and concrete, they are in fact sturdy little pieces and Gitta Gschwendtner is packing them up and bringing them to an exhibition and auction at Drouot-Richelieu in Paris in March.

Gitta Gschwendtner's Bag stools

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