The Meltdown Series is the result of an experimental process developed by Tom Price, which uses a variety of commonplace plastic products to create a strikingly diverse collection of sculptural seating. Drawing on techniques from his background in both fine art and design, Tom Price applies new concepts of craftsmanship in an act of wilful manipulation and material inventiveness.
Despite its sculptural appearance, there is a concern for functionality and comfort. The mould of the seat is based on the familiar generic shape of an Eames chair. The juxtaposition of a modernist, mass-produced shape into a hand-crafted chair reinforces its functionality.
The PP Blue Rope Meltdown Chair is created by heating and pressing a seat-shaped former into a ball of polypropylene rope. The rope begins to liquify as it comes into contact with the heated former and, as it cools, it sets in the shape of a seat creating a contrast in form and texture to the remaining rope. No additional material has been added to make the seat - it is all made from melted rope.
This forms part of a series of chairs created using the same technique with different materials. The re-moulding of the material often creates a strong contrast in texture and appearance between the seat and remaining un-melted material that forms the base.
Using a slightly different rope, recent additions to the collection are Red & White Meltdown, limited series, price by request.
Design, Tom Price, UK
Dimensions: h 70cm w 95cm d 95cm
Materials: polypropylene (cable) rope
Price: £4500 Blue Rope
Lead time: 8-10 weeks
Note: The Red Rope chair has been treated with a UV stabiliser which increases its resistance to UV degradation (which affects strength and colour). However, if the rope is in direct sunlight fading will occur. The PP Rope Chairs should not be placed inside in direct sunlight (unless windows have UV protective films/impregnation). Blue Rope has not been UV stabilized so it has less resistance to UV rays. The Meltdown chairs should be treated as artworks/sculptures and although functional were not designed/created as commercial products and we would advise against extended outdoor use.