It is a fact of life, that for many young architects starting out on their own, paying jobs are quite scarce. In Mexico, the amount paid for those jobs is certainly less than that in other countries. So, when a client gave the option to the group of architects known as T23, of waiting for payment for work completed or a couple of hundred disused fiberglass chairs from the Mexico City Sistema Transporte Eléctrico (STE) bus line, they chose the chairs, got creative and formulated the STElla chair.
Their idea was to change the context of the chair from something static and attached to a wall inside a bus, to a chair that could be mobile and used for a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The architects, Christian Von Wissel, Francisco Salazar and Onnis Luque, designed a simple but effective base to which the repurposed chair could be attached and painted them a variety of colors to give them a sense of an object and individuality. Since they were originally made with durability in mind they are sturdy and perfect for an outdoor balcony or alcove setting.
The STElla chairs are infused with a healthy dose of Mexican kitsch that has become Mexico’s calling card around the world. These chairs embody the Mexican characteristic of inventiveness that comes out of the economic necessity to reuse and refashion objects from their original intended use.
The T23 members are able to customize the color of the chairs and have recently published an alternative guidebook to Mexico City. While they do not have a website for the chair design, you can email Christian Von Wissel for more information.