How can we change the way people relate to their belongings? This project explores the potential emotional link between user and object and how it may be possible to accelerate the emotional attachment to objects and so in turn reduce the likelihood of them being discarded or replaced.

The Erode chair is a blank canvas for erosion. The chair’s carefully chosen materials - American black walnut for its structural properties and attractive wood grain, copper for its durability and its radical change in colour when left to oxidise - are hidden from view at the beginning of its life by a black surface layer. As the chair follows the user through their life, this layer is gradually worn away to reveal the hidden beauty of the materials underneath. This wear creates a visible record of its constant use. The chair is now personal to the user; it is unique through the way its owner has interacted with it.

Alexandre Nacrour
Designer / Maker London, United Kingdom