(jiří macek) A coal-scuttle transformed into a tin chair by Daniel Pošta caught my attention over a year ago when it was presented as an exam work at the AAAD in Prague. In the meantime, Daniel Pošta has brought it to perfection.
The exam collection of tin and wire chairs that the AAAD students presented, led by guest lector Rudolf Netík, represented a very interesting and powerful whole. Even though a chair is a very exhausting designer topic and metal does not rank among new materials, the collection included several pieces about which we have already reported. Although we also wanted to mention the coal-scuttle, Daniel Pošta stated that he first wanted to bring it to the determined form. Now it is the right moment.
Even though Pošta’s tin chair can be perceived as a conceptual joke of the Dutch school, it is very interesting to realize that he brought an object that has already lost its meaning to life. The tin coal-scuttle is definitely one of the crucial archetypes of a 20th century home. Had there not been summerhouses and cottages, we probably would have forgotten its existence long ago. And that would be a pity with regard to its elegance. When transforming it, Pošta succeeded in achieving more aspect: his steps forward paradoxically brought him deeper into history, towards the coal-scuttles that served as both coal bins and stools. If we translated the tin chair into a graph and followed the time axis of its story, we would enjoy flying a lot.
The tin chair by Daniel Pošta can be seen at the Křehký: The Micro-World of Joy exhibition that opens in the Window Gallery and the Česká spořitelna Gallery on Rytířská street in Prague on Wednesday, September 23.