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December 22, 2020

Jac Design Competition in Asia

This year has been a year that will never be forgotten. As it draws to an end, we invited design firms from Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Shenzhen to reflect on how 2020 has impacted them by innovatively reinterpreting Schamburg + Alvisse’s JAC Chair.

We would like to thank all our clients who have participated in the competition. Please see below the winners of each region.

Hong Kong Winner - "Flexibility" by Goudie Associates

"This project aims to explore the notion of chair by using materials, textures, and the formation of the fabric cover are flexible to allow the visitors to create a physical dialogue with the chair; to provide a unique experience that sculpted on one’s own; and to simulate a sensory experience through tactile. Using flexibility as a metaphor to reveal the 2020 journey that everyone has to adopt all kinds of changes, the result of the shape of the chair attempts to bring forth our own emotions that lead to achieving the collective memories."

Singapore Winner - "AFSMOT" by DB&B

" "What may seem like a negative situation could turn out to be one of the biggest positive lessons in our life." The Ground Plane measured at a metre in diameter represents the social distancing gap. It is shaped in a circle to symbolize movement + cycle of time. The Picture Plane shaped in a time capsule outline to represent the unforgettable Year 2020. Coming together with The Ground Plane, it forms the perspective of the chair which could be viewed at all angles or moving round in a clockwise/anticlockwise direction."

Shanghai Winner - "Moving On" by Architecture Farm

" In Chinese sexagenary cycle, the year 2020 “Gengzi ” has bought us extreme events: unexpected disasters have taken away numerous lives, ongoing pandemic continues to devastate our way of life, emotion filled with anxiety, sadness, and fear...... Nevertheless, the power of faith empowers us with courage. When wounds are healed and pains are relieved , we’ll discover a brilliant new meaning in life. Moving on! "

Shenzhen Winner - "Rocking Chair" by James Liang & Associates

"Inspired by the seesaw as a child, we hope that when people sit on the stool, they will forget fatigue and find the joy and beauty of life. In 2020, the ups and downs will be back to normal. The flexibility of the chair provides different sitting positions. The pedals can be turned into hand pads or pillows to protect the spine and make it comfortable and secure."

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