Plastic Classic by Pili Wu


Industrial design student Pili Wu of Taiwan has combined a traditional chair back with an anonymous plastic stool.

Called Plastic Classic, the product combines imagery from traditional, expensive Chinese furniture with the cheap stools, ubiquitous in Taiwan.

Here's some text from Pili Wu:


The Plastic Classic project began as a focus on the transformation of Taiwanese culture, hoping to represent what I thought and felt of living in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, plastic stools are very popular, seen on streets, alleys, and by street food stalls or ban dou (traditional Taiwanese outdoor banquet, seen at weddings or celebrations). Taiwan used to be a plastic production kingdom, plastic chairs and stools have been present for a very long time, yet interestingly nobody knows about the designer or inventor of plastic stools, but it’s cheap price, simple structure and fast production has enabled its popularity, so popular that it has turned into a “classic” design that nobody has every really noticed. Similarly, loop chair is another classic of traditional Chinese furniture, its elegant and reliable structure represents a certain social status and position.

The naming of this project–Plastic Classic, is aiming to redefine the design of such unknown “classical” cheap plastic stool; combining mass-produced cheap stool with a contradicting traditional loop chair of elegant structure and expensive imagery, hence creating a new classic; a strong contrast is made due to differing history and background, as well as the cheap and expensive expression that people already had in mind, Plastic Classic is a chair that has two personalities in one body.

Posted on Monday January 4th 2010 at 8:22 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • B

    Great work
    looks a bit like an industrialised Martino Gamper
    I do wonder how comfortable it is though..
    but really apreciate that he/she kept it stackable (right??)

  • Dansung Lee

    it is stunning!

    whether it one forming or not ? how it’s made?

  • It is no longer stackable, and has become a designer chair, making the cheap stool looks expensive. But with such a small footprint (and light base), I doubt its stability when one leans on it. I think the chair will topple over rather easily.

  • A520

    LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • modular

    Stackable? Who? The chair or the girl?

  • This is really cool! Nice one on oriental design.

  • justin


    If the chair is stackable it shows a bias towards the stool precedent, if it isn’t it shows a bias towards the loop chair precedent. Whether one is more effective than the other depends ultimately on the designer.

  • jack the ripper

    love the shoes on the first pic .want them..

  • B

    Yes..I see..didn’t look to well
    could be stackable with a few changes..but aperently the designer didn’t have it in mind..ah well could have guessed bij the pictures presenting it

  • Yes, Jack, the shoes are really cool, and neither the chair nor the girl are stackable.
    Who cares? A red chair can’t be stackable.

  • mollienini

    great!! nice chair!!!

  • angry catalan

    I like it, although it looks like the original plastic stool is a better design (if it’s to be used as a chair.)

  • Szuchi

    Yeah, the design concept is cool, however, the reason they use the cheap plastic chairs is so that no on sits there for longer than it takes to eat the meal. No mom and pop noodle shop want people to chill when they only have 8 seats for the whole restaurant. (and yes, I’m from there).

  • great work, excellent images

  • Melody

    I think the design of original plastic chair ir better.. :/

  • what can I say….

  • Maplesyrup

    Blinding solution. Love it!

  • Eastmeetscrass

    This is one of the best adaption of pop furniture I have ever seen and shows a heightened Eastern sensibility for high-low cultural ‘artefacts’. Not only is this plastic chair ubiquitous in Taiwan, it’s also the streetside standard of outdoor chairs in Asia. What a beautiful solution! I hope to see more of such hybrids from this brilliant designer.

  • Jason

    Interesting design. But I think the ubiquitous cheap plastic chair below makes the new design look cheap too, and maybe even degrading somewhat the highly valued traditional chair, however sleek and dashing the hybrid chair may be.

  • Sergi

    @ logorithm