The Blowing Chair is part of the Blowing Series by South Korea-based designer Seungjin Yang, reimagined for the ‘Dior Medallion Chair‘ exhibition at Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2021. “Simple, unique, and fun” are the words Seungjin Yang uses to describe his reinterpretation of the Dior medallion chair. Inspired by the confrontation between objects with opposing characteristics, which he stages with virtuosity in his Blowing Series furniture collection, he has transformed this House emblem into a playful creation that challenges the imagination. The Korean artist molded different balloons, symbols of fragility and instability, from epoxy resin to reinvent the structure, seat, and back of the chair. A joyful and surprising work that combines sobriety and elegance with technical prowess.
Seungjin Yang is one of 17 artists, architects, and designers chosen to create chairs based on the iconic Medallion Chair. Favored by Christian Dior, the oval-backed chair is a take on the classic Louis XVI dining chair, and used to seat guests at his couture fashion shows since 1946. The armchair was immortalized in the 1955 Diorama and the 1958 Miss Dior perfume campaigns by illustrator René Grau.
Seungjin Yang has always been interested in unexpected forms, especially balloons, which are randomly defined at the time of being blown. He has been using balloons as his base materials in order to produce solid crafts. They are the easiest to manipulate and have the unexpected quality of being solid rather than weak and soft. His Blowing Series includes chairs and stools in various colorways.