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Oversized Chess Table



The Oversized Chess Table, made of reclaimed oak with an oversized chess board, is a strikingly paradoxical piece by Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia’s Rooms Studio. Inspired by the public furniture in Soviet-era Georgia which can still be found around Tbilisi, the table complicates ideas of public vs private, as well as ownership and memory through the act of play.


Rooms Studio


Works of Rooms Studio refers to the sculptural forms and abundant materials in juxtaposition with the feminine instincts. Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, the duo behind the Rooms, Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, lean towards preserving the inherited craftsmanship techniques unique to the region. Massive wood and stone objects are hand-crafted using traditional techniques to create raw and symbolic forms often rooted in the designers' childhood memories. Growing up in a culturally diverse environment, where the two worlds - Western and Eastern collide, remarkably influenced their design language. Over the years, Rooms has created eight independent collections and collaborations equally memorable and representative of the duo's perpetual mission to bring life to omitted elements of a former life. Through their series of works, Janberidze and Toloraia try to examine the boundaries between the public and private. Experiencing adolescent years in the 90s - a significant decade of cultural and societal shifts - their work is a narrative of personal experiences of womanhood. By contrasting the new feminine monumental shapes with architectural brutality, Rooms challenges the status quo and also bridges the conventional and contemporary design with a confluence of female energy.

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    99.1 x 81.3 x 99.1 cm (39.0 x 32.0 x 39.0 in)

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