Modern Restoration

Cathy Wolter

September / September - 2022

Universität der Künste Berlin

Master of Arts


The MEA-Chair is made of solid wood and is easy to repair. Thanks to its detachable connections, it can be disassembled and refurbished in less than an hour. Irreparable parts can be replaced while all others remain in use. The ability to replace individual parts causes the chair's appearance to change over time. Each tree trunk looks different and, thanks to climate changes, it is uncertain which species will populate in the future. When the chair is no longer needed, it can be returned, repaired and sold again, but for less money as hardly any new resources were used. MEA makes repairability accessible to a wider audience and allows furniture to remain in an endless cycle. After the first repair, MEA's life has just begun!