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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!
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 <
"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
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