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Modus Operandi by Matylda Krzykowski

Polish design graduate and former Dezeen intern Matylda Krzykowski has tortured and destroyed a series of chairs.

Called Modus Operandi, the project involved making thirteen plain spruce chairs and destroying each in a different way.

One was shot with a rifle, another submerged in a pond for weeks and a third was tarred and feathered.

Subsequent chairs in the series were burnt, burried, hanged, covered in blood, chopped up with an axe, neglected in the garden or chained up.

Krzykowski completed the project while studying at Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Watch a movie by Daniel van Hauten about the project here.

Photographs are by Mueller3000.

Here’s some more information from Matylda Krzykowski:

Modus Operandi

Matylda Krzykowski presents ‘Modus Operandi’ (method of operation), a series of wooden archetype chairs that are reinterpreted through a distinct pattern of methods.

Led by an obsession for clean-cut form, the product design graduate has created a number of archetypal forms that relate with the common conception of a chair.

Used by furniture makers for a millennia, spruce was seen as a natural choice of construction material to make the series of chairs.

A chair, in most contexts, is a functional object of utility, commonly used to sit on.

Yet, Matylda distorts and extracts the functionality through her ‘modus operandi’, exerting and gaining dominance over the chairs, transforming them into her conceptual pieces.

She proceeds like a remorseful serial killer, demonstrating a hedonistic and sometimes crazed approach, before reassessing her ‘victim’, realising her conduct and ceasing.


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