The Butterfly Project shows a collection of recent stool designs from Kassel. All designers have a personal connection to the Kunsthochschulekassel / University of Kassel.
The Butterfly Project started during the documenta 14 at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany. It was conceived to assemble stool designs by designers who currently teach, study or have done so in the past at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.
With more than 100,000 species, butterflies are one of the species-richest insects in about 130 families and 46 superfamilies. Possibly as many designs as that, may have already been made in the history of design on the subject „stool.“ As the most minimal form of seating, the stool has no backrest and has always been the subject of creative experiments because of its simplicity.
The collection was started with the famous „Butterfly Stool“ from Sori Yanagi, who was teaching at the institute in 1960 and 1961. It will grow constantly and will also include works of guest professors like Ineke Hans and former students.
The Butterfly Project is based on the premise that a stool is by no means a trivial, everyday object. A stool rather represents, the whole range of possibilities in contemporary and historical product design. From a unique piece to a serially produced design, from Open Design to an injection molded part: each object tells a story and conveys its own idea of how to deal with an initially low-complexity task – to enable temporary seating.
The Butterfly Project is an ongoing collection. As a process comparable to the first attempt of a biologist to catalog the insect population of a specific microclimate.
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