Preserving immortal memories
Layers of time appear through the visible essence of amber. Extracting inspiration from this ancient material, Jaeuk Jung has created a solution to reflect on the final moments of decaying objects.
An object from the past can live even longer, sharing classic beauty as contemporary design. Amber Chair is an indication about the present and future, through telling a story of respect and creating a new cycle for objects.
“The time that has passed by has a sublime beauty that exceeds the object.”
‘Amber Chair’ presents an object of the past through itself, and thus makes a new present without removing the past completely. The amber obviously reveals the past object. Simply beyond a fossilized chair, ‘Amber chair’ conceptualises a new-styled design, with its own visual contrast and immortal memories by preservation.
Everything passes away. However this new life is even longer and our memories will be forever.
No.14 designed by Michael Thonet, 1859
The famous coffee house chair is an icon and considered the most successful mass produced product in the world to date: it initiated the history of modern furniture. The basis was a new technique – the bending of solid wood – that Michael Thonet developed and perfected during the 1850s and it was the first time serial furniture production was possible. With its affordable price and simple design; clear, reduced aesthetics, this classic has been placed in the most diverse environments for more than 150 years.
Some 50 million No. 14s were sold between 1860 and 1930, and millions more have been sold since. Chair No.14, today known as 214, is still produce by Thonet.