Design By Jeremy Walton, 2007. Made with PP Møbler.
Dimension:1 meter x 1 meter
Material: Ash and a bit of glitz.
Technique: Look at me go! Watch and learn!
As a housebound father, dance-floor nights with my girlfriend are suddenly distant memories. ‘Fight the armchair culture, die on a dance-floor’.
Death on the dance floor. At the age of 35 and a farther of two, I have to admit to myself that my dance floor days have passed me by. I once wowed my girlfriend on the dance floor when we first met and I still know a few tricks. However with two young children, my nights are confined to my armchair, but this is living on the edge. One has a higher chance of dying while using an armchair than being attacked and killed by a shark. I have swam with sharks and survived. My armchair has never really offered me the same excitement.
I am unaware of the statistics of how many people die annually in armchairs. Yet it could be questioned, if armchairs should not atleast come labelled with a large health warning,
- WARNING ARMCHAIRS CAUSE SERIOUSLY BAD HABITS -
In time they could well be banned altogether from private spaces. I say replace armchairs with home dance floors; it could solve a number of societies problems.
Personally I have died many times on a dance floor but it does not scare me. While it might have once been attractive to be found dead in an armchair, now days, for a life style lead society, being found dead on a dance floor sounds much better.
The dance floor for the homed was produced together with PP Møbler for the SE 2007 exhibition ‘A furniture for when you’re old’. In response to the exhibition brief, I focused on myself as already being old now at the age of 35 and took a side ways look at armchair furniture and its ill effects. Furniture design holds chairs aloft but what are they really about and what do they really say about the way we live. Denmark has an overweight epidemic, and is up there with the biggest countries in the world. Denmark is recognised throughout the world for is beautifully designed chairs; the majority of these are expensive lounge chairs. The fat rich image has had its day. Get a dance floor.