‘Democratic design’ often relates to the design of public spaces, to accessibility, or to cheap, flat-packed furniture. The functionality, rationality or aesthetics of such designs are then considered from the user-perspective. But democratic design can also be about materiality or the process of making, and then it is the designer’s or the maker’s parameters which are paramount.

Röhsska museet has commissioned Fredrik Paulsen to interpret the notion of democratic design, which he has chosen to do by using the chair as his subject. In traditional design history, chairs are used to signify material, technological and cultural developments. Here, the same piece of furniture is, rather, used to dismantle, pick apart, and question the notion of democratic design.

In Boden (2019), visitors have the opportunity to make chairs with the assistance of guest designers. With this exhibition, the Museum wants to highlight perspectives on usage, design, production, materiality and aesthetics. 

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