Judy Straten Gallery is pleased to present Ka-Lai Chan’s most recent work titled The Ordinary Family (2012), which was premiered from 8 – 12 February 2012 at OBJECT Rotterdam. This furniture collection, currently consisting of five pieces, is a carefully selected and modified group of used furniture and is partly inspired by stories of the designer’s own family or observations of families around her. The furniture family includes a rocking horse, a coffee-table, a praying chair, a classical side table and the ‘No Sign of Design’ chair; a basic practical chair by the influential Dutch designer Richard Hutten.
Chan creates frozen moments that can be interpreted as points in the personal lives of members of a family. For example, the classical side table, in which golden colored pearls have created a hole in the wood, refers to a young girl’s obsession with external psychical beauty. The spectacle of recycled plastic on the coffee-table melting through the tabletop was inspired by a parent, who cannot resist the temptation of alcohol and drugs, which ‘drag’ him down into a colorful, almost psychedelic depth.
The Ordinary Family represents a common human family. However, what we do not know is as with real families, each family itself has their own secrets and taboos..
Ka-Lai Chan (*1985, NL) graduated in 2009 from Utrecht Academy of the Arts, the Netherlands. As a young Dutch designer of Asian origin, she mixes cultures, materials and forms in a unique signature style. Chan’s work is inspired by personal experiences, perceptions and the beauty of the unexpected. Her shapes are often organic, patterned and continuous. Chan’s work has been presented in several galleries, International Design fairs and exhibitions including USA, Italy, France and The Netherlands.
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