Between Chairs: Design Pedagogies in Transcultural Dialogue
Publisher: Spector Books 2017 ISBN: 9783959051965 Format: Softcover 136 pp, 146x106mm
The postgraduate research program Bauhaus Lab took the India Lounge, also known as the 24/42 Chair, as the starting point for a study of transcultural design discourses between the Ulm School of Design (1953-1968) and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad (founded in 1961).
A light-weight chair, made out of teakwood and woven Indian cloth, it echoed Gugelot's system design furniture, a concept that was reinterpreted by Upadhaya in India as 'low-cost furniture'. Although the original chair was missing, it has long gone beyond its materiality.
The researchers uncovered people, networks, and advanced educational theories that paint a detailed picture of the transcultural landscape of the 1960s. The chair symbolises the vibrant international debates on what constitutes a socially responsible designer, as well as the radical pedagogies of the two design schools associated with it.