Buy, Buy! Consumer’s Rest by Stiletto, 1983.
If there is any brilliant commentary on the commercialisation of design (and capitalism overall), it is surely the „consumer’s rest“ chair by ‚Stiletto‘ studios. ‚Stiletto‘, civil name Frank Schreiner (* 1959 in Rüsselsheim), is a german postmodern postpunk author-designer of the so called ‚New German Design‘. While studying visual communication in Berlin he became part of the subcultural eccentric and anarchistic „Neoism“ movement – and in 1983 developed his early „masterpiece“: the „Consumer’s Rest“ chair. It is visually related to the famous wire chairs by Eames and Bertoia (which allegedly reminded his mother of shopping trolleys). Schreiner created the chair from a real supermarket shopping trolley by minimal interventions of cutting and bending.
Schreiner became an allround artist and designer from experimental filmmaking to mail art, from stereoscopic photography to holographic installations. In 1988 he was a master student in Nam June Paik’s class at the Düsseldorf art academy and artist in residence at MoMA PS1 in New York. Since the 1990s, he worked as an artist and runs the lighting design company ‚DESIGNVERTReiB“(find out more at http://www.stiletto.de). The „Consumer’s Rest“ chair is part of the collection of many design museums worldwide, including the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, Victoria & Albert in London, Neue Sammlung Munich or MAK Cologne.
„Consumer’s Rest“ chair, 1983 by Stiletto (Frank Schreiner). Transformed supermarket shopping cart manufactured by Brüder Siegel, Leipheim. Made of cut and bent zinc plated steel wire, on castors. Height 102 cm, seatheight 50 cm, width 74 cm, depth 68 cm.
Number 17 of a limited edition of 200 copies from 1990/91. Part of the first 50 series, which are galvanized with a slightly golden touch. Label printed and stamped: Siegel moderne SB-Geräte / Hergestellt Datum 08/90 / Bestell-Nr 17 / Modell 1 / Consumer’s Rest, engraved signature: Stiletto. Provenance of this chair: From the estate of a member of ‚
Design Gruppe Pentagon‘.
„Schrill, bizarr, brachial – das Neue Deutsche Design der 80er Jahre“.
Hoffmann / Zehentbauer, Bröhan Museum Berlin, Wienand Verlag Köln 2014