DE – Well, this is the sixth exhibition that I curate personally. But it’s the first time that I feel the need to really care for the people in the show. I mean, I generally believe in treating people kindly of course, but in this particular instance I got the designers additional gifts. The concept, though, comes from Matt actually. It’s a term that he coined and then it became a series on our website.
MP – Coming from a streetwear background, or let’s say, a collector’s point of view, I began buying vintage t-shirts off Ebay and soon I noticed the biggest bulk of them all featured chairs as a graphic print. Eventually I accumulated a pretty big collection of this type of shirt and I realized it was time to get rid of some of them, so I decided to have a series of pop ups called “Wear Your Chair” at my studio and invite people to shop this collection back in 2020. I started to meet a lot of cool people who were interested in buying architecture-inspired tops, or that were already collecting them, so I created an Instagram account that archived all of them. It became a tool for expression, like “I can’t afford the chair but I am going to wear it on a t-shirt”. By talking to David about it, we figured out it would be a great project for Pink Essay to explore further.
DE – From a logistical standpoint, there are two things that I feel like are really important to mention. As we (Pink Essay) evolved over the past year, we have started to really think about our work and how our online series would live offline. And Wear Your Chair is part of that. It’s probably the first of many exhibitions. And the other thing is that it’s a sign of furniture as an increasingly powerful cultural influence. We think of furniture in such a mundane way usually that the fact that we can represent it this way, through a streetwear lens, brings a new value to it. It has collectability, it has hype. The success of this exhibition is a meter for the shift that’s happening between youth culture and design.