We’ve been a fan of the amazingly inventive artist/designer JooYoun Paek since we came across a picture of her pillowig a few months ago. We’re thinking we should just make a practice of stopping into her website periodically to see what she’s up to and GET OUR HEADS CHANGED in a flash. That happened when we saw two little videos of her wearable inflatable chair dress which made us LAUGH and THINK and IMAGINE all at once.
It’s a polyethylene a dress that’s connected to shoes that pump air into an inflatable bubble attached to its rear part on each step. With each step, the dress slowly transforms into a chair (the view from behind is hilarious). The wearer can sit down when she likes; her body weight slowly deflates the chair back into the original dress. Paek calls her Self-Sustainable Chair a “conceptual garment”:
“…it motivates users to consistently switch between walking and sitting as a loop behavior on the street. The balance between exercise and rest would be maintained by wearing this suit. The purpose of this project is to transform the humdrum experiences produced by routine walking commutes into an amusing interactive performance.”
The effect of Paek’s little videos are really surprising… read more…