“Forest Tales” by AHEC at Triennale Milano with “Concur” Lounge Chair (2022) | Side Gallery

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"Forest Tales" by AHEC at Triennale Milano with "Concur" Lounge Chair

"Forest Tales" by AHEC at Triennale Milano with "Concur" Lounge Chair

3RD - 12TH JUNE 2022

Concur by Mac Collins was showcased at the Triennale Milano during Milan Design Week 2022. The exhibition, Forest Tales, was presented by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and curated by Studio Swine.

The exhibition, conceived during the pandemic, was curated to reflected the urgent matter of climate change. The collection of design objects were intended to project a manifesto against waste in design, and were a plea for a more sustainable choice of materials. Showcasing objects made from three sustainable hardwoods from the forests of American, the installation encouraged visitors to reflect on the relationship between forests and our everyday objects, hoping to encourage the necessary changes in the way we consume, build and live our lives.

For the commission, Mac Collins chose an American cherry wood, a material for the designer that would avoid the cold notion of isolation and instead replace it with a warm inviting feeling. The narrative of Concur was also derived from the months of the pandemic. The designer wanted to express the positive and pensive moments during the long period of isolation, and use the piece to portray the period as a voluntary time of reflection and self-care. The chair thus represents a time and space to escape the rigmarole of daily routine.

As an avid reader, Collins designed Concur with wide surfaces to invite, the sitter to recline into a relaxed lounge position, whilst also allowing them to find a comfortable place for their belongings. A small multi-functional companion piece acompanies the chair, which can be used either as a little side table or footrest. Collins used this commission to reflect on the connections between objects and their owners, and to explore the effects of object interactions.

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