Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, ‘Binary Chair 02’, 2011, Industry Gallery

The Understucture for the Binary Chair 02 is made from an outdated industrial printer which was disassembled and then riveted together and bent to the proper form. The surface of the chair is completely covered with a collage of motherboards, computer chips, lcd screens and hard drive disks held in place by sheet metal screws. The chair also has an interactive quality as the hard drive disks can be spun, the telephone keys and other buttons can be pressed. The seating surface for the Chair is composed of old ethernet cables which have been stripped down to the wires and then weaved in a slighltly random configuration in order to complement the chair. The wires are held in place at the sides of the seat by grounding wire clamps

About Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

Dubbed “the re-inventor”, designer and founder of BRC Designs Benjamin Rollins Caldwell creates furniture from both traditional and unconventional materials—from wood, metal, glass, plastic, and stone, to playing cards, defunct pianos, reclaimed computer parts, books, bottle caps, and children’s toys. Caldwell sources materials from thrift and antique stores, and junk yards, and has said, “sometimes the objects I discover simply inspire an overall design idea, and other times the objects actually become the raw material for the piece.” His “binary collection”, which garnered attention recently when Lady Gaga featured one of Caldwell’s chairs on the cover of her ArtPop album, incorporates motherboards, computer chips, and LED screens. Other designs have included a lamp composed of recycled piano keys, and a chair and table made from copper piping.

American, b. 1983, based in Inman, South Carolina