St. Andrew: a torture-chair, a small contemporary martyrdom.
St. Andrew died crucified, but by his own choice he has extended his martyrdom by being crucified on an X-shaped cross, which is known as “St. Andrew’s Cross.” At the base of this torture, chosen voluntarily, is decisiveness of the Apostle in not wanting to die in the same way of Jesus, precisely because he does not feel worthy to suffer the same martyrdom.
The chair proposed, in addition to rethink St. Andrew cross from a formal point of view, it also reflects on the idea of choice: before you sit down you have to choose in which portion of the seat, because it is divided into 4 different areas. It is allowed to try different portions, but it is suggest to stop and think, choosing only one as a temporary torture.
St. Andrew chair provides “seat” and “torture” at the same time, refreshment and discomfort: it is a small contemporary martyrdom to use at will. You may decide to stay seated until you have made a choice, precisely because the unstable situation expedites the process. In fact you should reflect when you are uncomfortable because this keeps us awake and critics, so “sit” in this case wants to avoid to rest on your laurels of comfort and tranquility, and it wants to encourage the exact opposite situation: sit, stay, suffer, think, compare, choose.
still life photo Max Falsetta Spina
artistic photo Sergio Andretti