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The urge to sit dry

This chair, raised on blocks, aims to tackle the “stupidity of the unawareness of the upcoming disaster” of climate change for countries where water levels could threaten everyday life. ‘The Urge To Sit Dry’ is a smoked-oak chair based on archetypal designs, raised on blocks of lighter European oak. The blocks lift the chair to the height it would need to be to sit above the sea level in different scenarios. The first example – shown at OBJECT Rotterdam during Art Rotterdam – is calibrated for Maas’ hometown of Rotterdam, which is 90 per cent below sea level.

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