“Everything that’s made of wood was once a tree.” This chair redeems the history of the wooden chair back and contemplates its own material identity.
Coby Unger is a professional mess maker. In his artistic works he aims to find delight in the ordinary. Coby primarily works in wood, but prefers pulling boards from dumpsters or rescuing broken furniture over trips to the lumber yard. Trees, like humans, he believes are imperfect and unique and should be celebrated for that (even when not every part is considered conventionally beautiful). He started installing chair backs city tree stumps in 2011 when he and his friends noticed a broken chair discarded next to a recently cut tree. His current work aims to explore effect the natural world has on the built environment rather than the other way around.
Coby enjoys a position at the MIT Hobby Shop where he teaches wood working, metal fabrication and design. Outside of the workshop Coby can be found tending his garden, climbing in the mountains or cooking meals with the other members of his Somerville MA Co-Op.
Your bid not only benefits the Center but the artist as well, proceeds of the winning bid are split 50/50.
Materials: Yew, maple, mahogany, slate
Dimensions: 5.25″ L X 3.25″ W X 9.5″ H
To view more of Coby Unger’s work visit: https://www.cobyungerdesign.com/