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The concept Using the basic concept of "personalization", I will reproduce the only chair found at Simerom after the plant was close with as many collaborators as possible (artists, handicrafts, intellectuals) in 2200 copies. The chairs will be named Very Important Chairs, V.I.C. to evoke the resistance to industrial leveling- homogenization and lack of humanity. My first collaborators (Smaranda Almasan, Michael Stanescu, Laurent Tourette, Fabien Monestier, Mircea Suciu, Dan Perjovshi) began to turn VIC. Many will come in time due to the diversity and globalization!




Emanuel Ioan Popa
Sibiu, Romania

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The providential meeting In order to understand the history of this object, I have decided to go to Sibiu, Romania, to meet and Have an interview with a former employee of Simerom. My only chance to find witnesses who are still alive was to contact the union leader, Mr. Ioan Popa. Having the original chair, two <> V.I.C.s and the phone number of the union leader with me, I went to Sibiu. Once the destination reached, I contacted Mr. Ioan Popa and got on this occasion a meeting in a café near North Station. Equipped with a laptop, I presented the work connected to the chair and I asked him to help me to find an employee who could give us some information about the history of this object. I was extremely surprised to find out that the person in front of me was not Ioan Popa, the union leader, but Emanuel Ioan Popa, the businessman. He told me: "I am moved by this story that involves preserving the collective memory of these employees over a stool. I purchased a 6000 sqm site in the former Simerom and I will help you to find a former employee." This is Maximilian Ciortan who appears in the interview "Simerom simple memories" He was so touched that he purchased a couple of V.I.C. and asked me to set them in a scenographic manner in his office in Simerom. Providentially, isn't it?

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Florin Buhuceanu
Bucharest, Romania

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"Workers of the world, rest!" Since my first aware memories, the chair has been one of the objects I take no notice of. It has only taken the shape and the heat of the body and no more than that. It is true that my taste for the taste developed later, as a student. Being in my mid- thirties, I have finally started to interact with the objects, to want some of them, to reject the most. Alexandru Popovici's stool is one of my favourites. I touch it every morning when I put the coffee on it. It makes me understand day by day in its harsh realism, with a lack of sentimental, that the immediate industrial past protection (which it is part of) is possible. It also amuses me, knowing that the one who designed it in a communist factory was stealing time for it. The slogan of that worker must have been "Workers of the world, rest!" Florin Buhuceanu




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Galeria Laika
Cluj, Romania

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The valets of the gallery On entering the gallery, you will be welcomed with elegance by two V.I.C. chairs. They do not occupy much space, they are unobtrusive, but still it is impossible for you not to notice them. The person who enters, first marvels at them as if they would feel obliged to salute. And we, at Laika Gallery, marvel as well, testing both their practical and aesthetic qualities every day. Therefore, we like to think that our V.I.C. chairs are our valets that serve us and welcome our visitors with respect. Thank you, Alex

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Jean Philippe Guilbert
Bucharest, Romania

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Born in the 80s in Sibiu, without a doubt from the desire of a worker to sit down or to work in a more comfortable manner, this simple object, this stool, Alexandru Popovici made of it an iconic object with a timeless design, simple and beautiful, changing its status from furniture to artwork… Jean Philippe Guilbert