Wednesday, 3:38pm
15 September 2010

Sitting still

the events department
Graphic design
Visual culture

Helmut Palla’s twisted, surreal chairs at Vienna Design Week

1 > 10 October is Vienna Design Week. One exhibition that has caught our eye is artist/designer Helmut Palla’s ‘You take a seat, I take a picture’.

Held at Vienna Academy of Fine Arts Atelierhaus, the show will be focused on his intriguing, and often amusing, reworkings of chairs. It will investigate ‘sitting limits, multi-dimensional sitting, functional sitting, around-the-corner sitting, the bond between seat and seat-taker’. And if you’re still sitting comfortably, check out Sally Jeffery’s piece about chairs for children here.

Top: ‘Chairnobyl’

Below: ‘Archi’


Seatyr Chairchill MutAnt

Above: ‘Seatyr Chairchill MutAnt’

Below: ‘Red Seed’



Above: ‘Discorded Rocker’

Below: ‘Siam Twins’


chair descending a staircase

Above: ‘Chair Descending a Staircase’

1 > 10 October 2010
Helmut Palla: You Take a Seat, I Take a Picture
Atelierhaus of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (former Semperdepot)
A-1060 Vienna, Lehargasse 8

For more exhibitions, see the Eye events page.

Eye magazine is available from all good design bookshops and at the online Eye shop, where you can order subscriptions, single issues and back issues.

The summer issue, 76, out now, is a music special – full contents here, and you can see a selection of visual details on Eye Before You Buy on Issuu.