FOREIGN OBJECT — Anyone who has ever watched a pro­fession­al wrestling show knows one thing: at some point during the event, a folding chair will enter the ring.

What happens to this object intended for sitting on when it enters a fight? For RESET, Natasha Taylor examines the relationship between the designer’s intention for the chair and its actual use within wrestling.

The folding chair is ‘hidden away’ in the design spectrum. Why is that? Folding chairs are on the receiving end of a lot more ‘violence’ from the human opponent. They get placed here and there, dropped and stacked according to the occasion and are therefore under continuous structural strain.

In Dutch, a folding chair is called a ‘klap­stoel’, which loosely translates into hit(ting) chair. Why has this easy-to-use object become a symbol within this athletic form of entertainment? What impact does it have when a chair designed to fold becomes a ‘hitting chair’?

Natasha Taylor is a student Master Artistic Research of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.