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    Chris Held: Persian Pallett

Hacked objects and re-imagined furniture from Portland artist Chris Held

Posted by James Cartwright,

It’s 8am and you’re on the way to work, a morning coffee in your hand and everything going swell; but what’s this? your barista/coffee purist has steamed your flat white/toffee soy lattaccino for too long and the searing heat from the liquid is burning your hands, even through the protective polystyrene cup. Disaster. Thankfully there’s a solution to your hand-scalding problem courtesy of Portland-based object hacker Chris Held, who proposes the addition of a portable wooden handle to your caffeine receptacle, thus eliminating any burning sensations and rendering you instantly stylish in the process.

Chris’ portfolio is full of similarly canny work, taking ubiquitous found objects and re-imagining their aesthetic and function, elevating them to the realms of the extraordinary. Persian Palett for example takes a fairly uninspiring industrial palett and breathes new life into it with ornate patterned embellishments. Stunning work throughout, though we’re really not sure what use Gold Club could possibly have, save as an outrageously bling back scratcher.

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    Chris Held: Handle

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    Chris Held: Gold Club

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    Chris Held: Persian Palett

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    Chris Held: Persian Palett

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    Chris Held: Prairie Chair

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    Chris Held: Prairie Chair

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    Chris Held: Pitcher


Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.