Designer Liam Mooney‘s latest design comes to life in a whimsical mobile installation at the iArt Project Gallery. The Balafon chair is the starting point of what Liam calls an exploration into a kinder and warmer way of working. ‘Le Corbusier famously said the house is a machine for living. Modernism has been over for many decades but we still imitate a style that no longer serves us’, says Liam.

The form and construction of the Balafon chair is inspired by the West African balafon (above). The chair is designed around a single steel frame and can be configured in 4 different ways, as seen below…

Liam used epoxy coated mild steel and pine ply for the design. It is available in white only, but we think charcoal would look pretty good too. The chairs are sold for R3080 each. Visit iArt (now renamed Brundyn+Gonsalves) to see Liam’s show A House is not a Machine for Living at Wembley Square in Cape Town. The show ends 26 October 2011.