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April 2, 2013
Brooklyn-based architecture firm Bade Stageberg Cox made their second presentation at the 2013 Armory contemporary art fair earlier this month, using a metaphor for New York City to design the show's staging and circulation. Along with big ticket canvases and cutting-edge media installations, showgoers were also treated to BSC's simple yet rigorous plywood furniture throughout Pier 94.
L x W x D benches by Bade Stageberg Cox
Like New York City, the fair is organized as a grid of blocks, punctuated by open spaces that provide places of social interaction. Also meant to combat "fair fatigue," Bade Stageberg Cox's L x W x D benches, extraordinarily simple in geometry, are "activated" only once they are populated by people sitting, lounging, or reclining on them.
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Planar Chair by BSC
For the Planar Chair, BSC attempted to reduce the chair typology to the fewest planes possible "according to its geometry, function, and use." The firm writes, "While the planes are expressed as simple rectangles, their orientation in space registers the non-Cartesian angles of the human body at rest. The planes intersect equally, so that no plane dominates the others. This intersection of planes, isolated from their infinite projections, illustrates the geometric event."
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Planar Chair by Bade Stageberg Cox
The Planar Chair is fabricated in plywood using digital tools, and each seat locks together without glue or fasteners, like a flatpack puzzle. Furniture is available for sale directly through Bade Stageberg Cox.
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Brooklyn Woods by Bade Stageberg Cox
Home Made, a series of table and chair sets and what the firm calls "the basic building block of a domestic space," is a collaboration between Bade Stageberg Cox, Brooklyn Woods, and See ChangeNYC. The sets were designed with economy in mind – a sheet of plywood yields two chairs – and assembled by the end user without tools.
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Home Made table and chairs by Bade Stageberg Cox
The first production run was donated to Camba Inc., a non-profit organization serving people in need.
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Streetseats by Bade Stageberg Cox
For The Armory Show 2012, Bade Stageberg Cox collected chairs off the New York City streets and covered them in bright yellow epoxy the same hue as the city's recognizable taxi cabs. The bottom of each Streetseat is stamped with the location from which it was recovered.
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L x W x D benches by Bade Stageberg Cox
Like New York City, the fair is organized as a grid of blocks, punctuated by open spaces that provide places of social interaction. Also meant to combat "fair fatigue," Bade Stageberg Cox's L x W x D benches, extraordinarily simple in geometry, are "activated" only once they are populated by people sitting, lounging, or reclining on them.

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