Peera is a reinterpretation of the familiar.
You can sit on it, carry things in it... maybe tools,
drinks or whatever you desire.
This project further investigates the idea of convergence, the utilization of different modes of making.
It is a culmination of many moments where a Designer engages with an Architect to design and build...not a building but the architecture of a small object. Collaborating with Sean Leonard over the last year has brought up questions of multiplicity...the nature of Alice Yard forces one to consider improvisation and demands a thing to have many purposes (a series of simple metal chairs is used for seating today, tomorrow they are shelves for displaying items).
Ideas about rethinking and remaking the familiar, challenging the way we see ourselves and the things we have grown up with. Christopher Cozier has appropriated the peera bench in a series he titles "little gestures", while he sees it for its symbolic value, this object for me is a design investigation.
Peera,Christopher Cozier, Draconian Switch, Town, Alice Yard is part of the Global Africa Project currently on show at the Museum of Arts and Design NY.
November 17th 2010 - May 15th 2011
Photography by Damian Libert