Tom Price: Meltdown Series

The Meltdown Series is the result of an experimental process, developed by the English artist Tom Price, which uses a variety of commonplace plastic products including PVC, to create a strikingly diverse collection of sculptural seating. Drawing on techniques from his background in both fine art and design, Tom Price applies new concepts of craftsmanship in an act of wilful manipulation and material inventiveness. Despite its sculptural appearance, there is a concern for functionality and comfort. The mould of the seat is based on the familiar generic shape of an Eames chair. The juxtaposition of a modernist, mass-produced shape into a hand-crafted chair reinforces its functionality.The PP Blue Rope Meltdown Chair is created by heating and pressing a seat-shaped-former into a ball of plastic rope. The rope begins to liquify as it comes into contact with theheated former and, as it cools, it sets in the shape of a seat creating a contrast in form and texture to the remaining rope. This forms part of a series of chairs created using the same technique with different materials. The re-moulding of the material often creates a strong contrast in texture and appearance between the seat and remaining un-meltedmaterial that forms the base.

Link: www.tom-price.com