Corrugated board seat is conversation piece at documenta 14

Kassel: Passionate about art - Every five years, the documenta transforms the north Hessian city of Kassel into a mecca for art lovers. More than 160 artists will show their works over 100 days at 30 sites across the city. For students of the Kassel School of Art and Design, the documenta inspires their own projects, which are presented during a tour of the school. Carina Jakisch, budding product designer in her fourth semester, designed a stool from corrugated board for documenta visitors. This special seat was developed and produced with the support of STI Group.

“A stool made from corrugated board is ideal for documenta visitors. It’s a sprawling exhibition so it’s a welcome relief to have a portable seat and be able to sit down,’ explains Carina Jakisch. The seat is the result of her semester project. Students were given the task of designing a ‘conversation piece’ – a reproducible piece that grabbed attention and encouraged conversation. The result: a flexible seat weighing just 500 grams. It is the same size as the documenta bag, which can be taken inside documenta exhibition venues, so the stool can be taken to every location. ‘Visitors usually like to spend some time directly in front of each work of art and talk about it, sharing what they see and feel – and ideally would like to sit while they do so,’ according to Jakisch.

Novel construction and eye-catching design

The stool’s design makes its delicate construction appear even lighter and its bright orange corners draw the attention of documenta visitors. It is set up without gluing and measures just 43 x 20 x 4 cm, easily folding down to a compact size.

‘This seat has an innovative design, is quick to set up and can be reused,’ says Claudia Rivinius, STI Group Marketing Director, praising the documenta stool. ‘We thought it was a brilliant idea from the beginning and were happy to support this project as we have already worked with students from the Kassel School of Art and Design on various projects. As a packaging producer, interacting with creative, up-and-coming designers is very important to us. We gain insight into new design trends while helping students design products geared to serial production.’

To begin with, this documenta conversation piece was produced as a small batch for exhibition visitors. Carina Jakisch is now considering improvements to her corrugated board stool and additional uses for it. The documenta 14 runs until 17th September 2017 and is expected to attract over a million visitors to Kassel.