ByDesign 2023 Monobloc [Hybrid]
Watch in person:
Mar. 17 at 7pm
Mar. 18 at 7:30pm
$14 General Admission
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Festival - ByDesign Festival 2023 [Hybrid]
(Hauke Wendler, Germany, 2022, 90 min, in English, German & Portuguese with English subtitles)
Universally recognized yet frequently discarded, since its creation in the 1970s, the Monobloc plastic chair has been the worlds best-selling piece of furniture.
With more than a billion units in circulation worldwide, this deceptively bland piece of furniture was originally conceived by designer Henry Massonnet as a fashionable commodity for upper-class consumers. The pursuit of lowered production costs above all else soon turned the Monobloc into a symbol of cheap design, environmental waste, and bad taste across much of the Western world. Hauke Wendlers documentary Monobloc takes a closer look at its ubiquity and streamlined production process, finding a microcosm of economic globalization and inequality.
Filming across five continents, Wendler contrasts this disparaging view of the Monobloc with its role in many developing countries, where its low cost has made it one of the few pieces of furniture that impoverished families can afford. In Uganda we are introduced to Dan Schoendorfer, whose Free Wheelchair Mission has modified inexpensive Monoblocs to make wheelchairs available to millions for the first time. Trips to India and Brazil similarly reveal the chairs importance to the developing world, where local industrialist families have taken over both the production and recycling process.
Expansive in scope, Monobloc reveals how a single consumer product can tell a much broader story of global development, aesthetic judgement and economic inequality.
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