Entry Title: " BroadWay Armchairs"
Bally Humanufactured, LLC
, United States
Category: Professional, Residential Products
Designer(s): Boris Bally

Entry Description:

Title of Entry: BroadWay Armchair
size: 39 1/2 tall x 35" wide x 26" deep
weight: approximately 22 pounds each
materials: re-used traffic signs, recycled champagne corks, stainless-steel hardware
(hand-fabricated, roll-formed, pierced, brake-formed and hand washed and finished)

The BroadWay Armchair design builds upon and improves numerous aspects of Boris Bally's pioneering design of the patented 'Transit Chair' concept which is also made of recycled Traffic Signs. The new design challenge: to create a more complex, more comfortable chair design maximizing the graphic and material potential of recycled traffic signs to increase the furniture's presence. We wanted to create a design which could easily become a luminescent centerpiece of welcome and comfort in commercial or residential settings. This design minimizes scrap generated in its manufacture while simultaneously transcending the numerous technical challenges of working with an un-yielding material. During production of these chairs, nothing goes to waste: anything left over from the chair manufacturing process is further used in the production of numerous other furnishing designs. The resulting chair design becomes an fusion of comfort, and via KD shipping- of accessibiltiy- and optimizes formal design concerns.

This chair is innovative in its manufacture, as well as in its upcycling and design statements. Our unique process of producing objects in our studio have been termed, HUMANUFACTURED.' This novel approach to hybridizing art, design and craft with a variety of hand and production techniques has gained international acclaim. Our business is dedicated to using regional assistants and exploring only local materials.

Drawing on techniques learned during an apprenticeship in his Fatherland of Switzerland, the materials used in Bally's studio are selected for their ability to delight, invite and subversively educate. They remain accessible, inviting larger segments of our culture, from members of the general public of all ages, to the design and art savvy connoisseur. Much effort goes into the location, purchasing, and selection of the optimal materials. With this series, we hope to open minds to recycled work conveying the simple message that recycled design doesnt have to appear dismal, lack in comfort, alienate the user or be unaffordable.

About the Company:

Boris Bally is the recipient of a 2012 Eco- Arts Awards Honorable Mention for Repurposed Materials in Art and Design, he was also a finalist in the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. Bally received the 2006 Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island. Ballys work has also received two Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowships in Design and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include Londons V&A Museum, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

Bally's 'industrial strength' designs celebrate raw American street aesthetic by transforming common materials into useful items designed for living. Using decommissioned weapons and discarded materials provide a challenging range of constraints as well as an opportunity to unlock the time acquired patinas and idiosyncrasies. These scrap street signs, bottlecaps and corks transform urban detritus into small and large sculptures: objects of poetry, elegance and sometimes even useful. Conversely, the valuable materials I also use have been metaphorically transmuted to become more common. This work acknowledges its Pop and Postmodern footing while paying homage to the crude beauty of the urban environment.

In the process of fabricating objects in his studio Boris Bally has trademarked the term, HUMANUFACTURED,' his novel approach to hybridizing art, design and craft which continues to fetch international acclaim. His metals atelier is located in a century-old American Legion building he rescued then restored using recycled materials in numerous applications. It is known as the, Shovel House, because the highly visible stairwell is made from discarded shovels. His business is dedicated to using regional assistants and materials. The studio motto is Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Do without. Bally appreciates believes it his duty to participate in his greater community by educating and supporting it. He frequently offers studio visits, lectures, teaches workshops and donates pieces to charities and organizations.


* 2012 Green Dot Awards - 1st Place Winner - Residential Products Category