Everyday Objects by Chuck Routhier

View all 5 Photos

Graphic designer, furniture designer, accessory designer and Renaissance man Chuck Routhier has a process and philosophy that emphasize the ordinary, and he has become an astute observer of all things mundane. The beauty he finds in objects designed for utilitarian purposes – the vaguely parametric-looking curves of a toilet plunger, for example – informs inquiry and investigation. An interesting object begs the question of how else that thing can be used. Routhier explains that the mass produced, everyday objects he appropriates are “a little silly…but I think when you elevate them from their normal daily life, that that’s when it becomes quirky and memorable.” The unpretentious elegance of his furniture highlights the truth in this philosophy. Notably quirky and memorable, the Occasional Table combines refined woodworking with what some might consider the profane: a body of finely polished Baltic birch plywood rests on four unmatched toilet plunger handles. Routhier intends for the recognition of these objects out-of-context to evoke a memory, reasoning, “we all have experience with these common objects and that’s what makes it interesting and personal for everybody. We all have stories…”

via

Cameron

Cameron

Cameron is a designer and holds degrees in urban studies and architecture, and has a background in grassroots community involvement for neighborhood improvement and development. Having lived in New York and Buenos Aires, she is a lover of cities and currently lives in Quito, Ecuador. She loves bicycles, fresh juice, and the Andean topography punctuated by volcanoes that characterize Quito’s landscape.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Boat Rooms on the Fuchun River

    A creatively designed retreat that celebrates an ancient local tradition. Built on the banks of…

  • andBeyond Vira Vira Lodge

    A serene retreat set on a working farm in Chile. Back in the early ‘90s,…

  • Eastwind Hotel & Bar

    A cozy upstate New York retreat in the Catskill Mountains. The brainchild of a group…

  • The Kumaon

    A serene mountain retreat in the Himalayas. Located 1600m above sea level in the Village…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(64771)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Happy Collector

    A card game designed specifically for design lovers. Perfect for parties with friends and family…

  • Introducing Combekk

    The comeback of the Dutch sand-casting iron pots in their country of origin. Back in…

  • Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment

    Celebrating an iconic designer. After publishing the exquisite Tadao Ando: The Colors of Light Volume…

  • Llegado By Taeg Nishimoto

    Recycled paper transformed into seating. In his quest to explore the structural strength and material…

  • The GT02 Lamp

    A creative lighting design reminiscent of origami. San Francisco-based architecture and design studio Garcia Tamjidi…

  • The Savage Bag By Db Equipment

    An innovative design that provides next-level protection for bikes. After designing award-winning travel bags for…

  • The TRIWA x Humanium Metal Watch

    The world’s first watch crafted from melted illegal firearms. Stockholm-based watch brand TRIWA recently partnered…

  • Coffee Jar By Sovrappensiero

    An ingenious companion for your daily coffee making ritual. At first glance, the Coffee Jar…

  • The Revo Audio Collection

    Probably the world’s most stylish and function-packed digital radios, speakers, and CD players. In 2004,…

Close Cart