One of my favorite galleries for super exclusive 21st century design pieces is Industry Gallery in Washington DC and Los Angeles. In fact, its owner, Craig Appelbaum, is a very dear friend of mine. I feature Industry Gallery in my book, and constantly use their pieces in my designs, because the artists and designers represented by Craig are unparalleled, innovative and ground-breaking. It was then, not surprisingly, that Lady Gaga chose one of Industry Gallery’s designers, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, to provide the most unique and artistic piece of her long awaited come back: the celebrated “Binary Chair”. Gaga sat naked on Benjamin’s chair to pose for the first promo of her new album ARTPOP and to announce the new single “Applause”.
Benjamin, who is from South Carolina, considers himself a re-inventor, and uses a wide and varied array of materials ranging from thrift shop finds to wood, metal and playing cards. The surface of the “Binary Chair” is completely covered with a collage of motherboards, computer chips, LCD screens and hard drive disks held in place by sheet metal screws. The chair also has an interactive quality as the hard drive disks can be spun, the telephone keys and other buttons can be pressed, and the antennae raised and adjusted. The Binary Chair is exclusively available at Industry Gallery and it is, of course, a limited edition. Below are more images of the already iconic chair.