"Have a Seat!” - an exhibition on Taiwan's unique woodwork designs and handcrafted furniture - can be found at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) in Nantou County until Oct. 17.
As implied by the exhibition name, "Have a Seat!” focuses on the handy chair, an instrument of great value that humans have become irrevocably dependent upon.
Chairs, the organizers pointed out, are microcosms unto themselves. The deep wisdom, cultural tastes and personal stories of each generation are embedded within such devices, whose contour so gracefully supports our backside.
The main objective of the exhibition is to demonstrate how wooden chairs can have artistic and cultural values. From traditional armchairs that symbolize one's social status to study room chairs decorated with literary motifs, each item on display has a story to tell.
Sustainability is another concept the exhibition hopes to promote. The delicate harmony between nature and mankind can only be preserved through more eco-friendly and user-centric designs, the organizers added.
Case in point is a multi-functional baby chair dubbed the 19th century "Transformer.” Complete with wooden wheels and mortise and tenon joints, the handiwork combines the functions of a baby stroller and a high chair for feeding.
For more information on the four-month woodwork exhibition featuring 72 furniture designs by both Taiwanese and foreign artists, please visit the event website at http://www.ntcri.gov.tw/.