Gregory Beson | Studio Beson
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Copy of FLOCK

FLOCK: didactic furniture

 Parsons MFA Industrial Design Sustainable Vision Thesis Award

Presented at Design, Justice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to the Circular Economy at the New School 2018

Thesis to be presented at U of Minnesota College of Design Symposium September 2018

Through a trio of didactic seats which primarily employ the matter of sheep, “Flock” explores human relation to the materiality which composes people-made artifacts. This sheep matter is readily available and easily procured as a result of the industrial production supply chain system. The three seats were assembled to bring acute awareness to how humans interface with the natural world and its resources through a recognizable and functional typology.

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"SKAL"

Skal (translated as shell, peel, skin, peeling, peelings, pairings in Swedish) is a stool which utilizes the supply chain of Ikea products to create a new piece of assemblage furniture. They were crafted  to draw attention to the relation between two industrially produced materials, their differences and parallels: plywood from an Alvar Aalto inspired Ikea “frosta” stool and the “rens” sheep pelt.

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"UNUM"

Unum, is based on the oldest known chair design, which cannot be accurately credited to any one region or culture. Two book matched slabs of black wWalnut wood are joined together with a single woodworking lap joint to create the piece.

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"TERROSSO

Terrosso, (osso translated from the italian for bone) is a cast and hand sculpted chair composed of bone meal and broken bone fragments–both waste from the industrial slaughterhouse industry–and urethane binder.