For the first of his self-produced projects, 22-year-old artist and designer Dozie Kanu created a pair of simple dining chairs; transforming the classic curved backrest into something more contemporary.
Fashioned from tubular steel, upholstered with a 'Klein blue' leather cushion and finished with brushed steel caps, the design is elegant and expressive, yet practical.
As a fine art student at the School of Visual Arts, Kanu splits his time working as an assistant in various furniture design studios and art studios across New York City. 'Chair [ i ]' is a work set to depict these combined interests.
'I find satisfaction when an objects form and materials align seamlessly or interestingly. I plan on continuing to make objects I want to live with. I’m definitely hazy about what the driving force behind my practice is exactly. I’m caught up in several different ideas and feel pressured to load work with meaning… it should happen organically. In that way designing functional objects is easier.'