Designer Saran Yen’s new series of furniture takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the battle of the classes. Using recycled plastic baskets and cast off chair legs, the installation “Cheap Ass Elites” combines the mass-produced with the glitzy. The series at first glance, painted with bright metallics, looks luxe, upon closer inspection we see the rather inexpensive reclaimed plastic materials used.
Laundry and shopping baskets are items associated with the lower and working classes, as the elite hire individuals to perform these mundane tasks. Using these discarded plastic baskets, Yen created a series of chairs that are thought to be regal, and associated with the upper class. With Louis armchairs and Ottoman chairs serving as inspiration, the resulting seating represents a clash of the classes – something “high” made of something “low.”
The juxtaposition of plastic (rather than high quality wood) with sophisticated design is simple yet effective in portraying Yen’s message. Haves versus have-nots, good taste versus bad taste. Yen dreams of an idealistic society where classes merge, and Cheap Ass Elites is a sarcastic representation of this wish.
The Thai designer is studying in the Storytellng Department of Graphic Design and Illustration at Stockhom’s Konstfack Design School.