Featured workKossi Aguessy: Useless Tool

For the Please Do Not Sit exhibition at the Tools Galerie in Paris, designer Kossi Aguessy created the 2008 Useless Tool chair – a key example of contemporary high-end design, combining state-of-the-art materials and production processes.

The futuristic chair’s prismatic shape is the result of complex structural calculations, similar to those used in the design of skyscrapers. The chair, a striking stainless steel composition that seems to soar into the sky, is covered with a layer of carbon and Nextel woven fabric – a material used in aviation and space travel that is extremely heat resistant, withstanding temperatures of up to 1000°C, and has very low reflective properties. Useless Tool would go undetected by radar, just like a stealth bomber. When considering this elegant synthesis of research and technology, it is perhaps surprising to discover that Aguessy regards nature as his main source of inspiration. He believes in the driving force of evolution, from which we learn and further develop. “I believe that one can make the impossible possible. I believe in the sublime that drives us onwards,” Aguessy states. “I am neither a designer nor a creator, but a messenger, a bridge, a small part of the big puzzle of evolution that began long before me and will continue long after me.”

  • Steel, carbon, Nextel, 240 × 45 × 35 cm © Kossi Aguessy. Photo by Masaki Okumura

    Kossi Aguessy. Useless Tool, 2008
  • Steel, carbon, Nextel, 240 × 45 × 35 cm © Kossi Aguessy. Photo by Masaki Okumura

    Kossi Aguessy. Useless Tool, 2008