• Prize
    Winner in Chair
  • Designer
    Xueqiao Sun
  • Other Credit
    Professor: David Mocarski
  • Photo Credit
    Xueqiao Sun and TN Chen
  • School
    Artcenter College of Design
  • Location
    Pasadena, CA
  • Project Date
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The Chair “Rebirth” reimagined the moment of breaking through of butterfly from its chrysalis shell. While a butterfly is beautiful, I find the breaking moment to be more blissful and fulfilling. With eagerness to fly, a caterpillar fearlessly transformed into a chrysalis, turning itself into great vulnerability. For months, as it sacrificed the last defense it had, the caterpillar focused solely on its process of metamorphosis. It dissolved every single organ, every single functional part of its body, so it has a chance of becoming a butterfly, a chance to have great freedom and own the sky. “Will I still survive?” it thinks. Then, after months of stillness and uncertainty, what could be more fruitful and blissful than the moment it is ready to break through its shell, receiving its reward of freedom for the first time? It is the moment that inspired my chair, and it is the moment my chair hopes to depict. Facing today's society and world, we need such "freedom and metamorphosis" more than ever.