“Selfportrait” is a graduation project based on the emotions and suppressed feelings what Ka-Lai Chan has experienced. The chair expresses the designer’s own personality and character.
In the past I have always found myself to be a quiet and introvert person. I suppressed my own emotions and didn’t dare to show my feelings to other people. I was afraid that people would find me weird for being who I am. It felt like there was something growing on me which gets bigger and bigger like a tumor. I always tend to hide away my personality, but on the other hand I wanted nothing more but to open up and just be myself.
The round and swollen parts of the chair design represent the suppressed emotions, which reflects a certain tension. The holes in the skin are created by the inside (me) that wants to come out. It pushes the skin open. The real personality of me and my emotions which want to reveal itself to the outside world.
Young Designer Ka-Lai Chan is a 2009 graduate product designer from the School of Arts in Utrecht. In her designs she uses her own experiences, emotions, fascinations and perceptions as inspiration. In 2009, she established her own design studio.