Juxtaposing design aesthetics that are typically reserved for expensive high-end materials with plastic baskets one finds scattered about the street after a fruit market closes, Saran Yen Panya's Cheap Ass Elites is a witty critique of furniture designs relationship with class. As Panya puts it - An Ass is an Ass.
From the designer:
Cheap Ass Elites is a critique on what is considered 'high' and 'low' in both sociological aspects and design. This project rotates around working class aesthetics between rich and classical elements such as the Louis armchair, the ottoman chair and the styles of William Morris' most commonly used theme set within a design context.
The goal is to create subtle, yet ironic comments on this 'normality.' The chairs sarcastically illustrate and question what society's indoctrination is really built on.
The chairs are comprised of 'low' common household plastic objects: storage and laundry baskets for the seating (back, base and arms) and the lower part of the chair is a simplified version of stereotypical 'upper-class' chairs made from wood.
-- This Project is an illustration of a world where there's no rich ass or poor ass. An Ass is an Ass.