Cheap Ass Elites by Saran Yen Panya Marries the Rich with the Poor

By: Meghan Young - Published: Jan 11, 2013 • References: & design-milk
The Cheap Ass Elites series is not one's average collection of furniture. Each piece has been constructed out of everyday, mass-produced plastic products such as laundry baskets, storage crates and more. Nevertheless, these unorthodox materials have been paired with high-end elements, inspiring its somewhat contradictory name.

Created by Bangkok-born designer Saran Yen Panya, the Cheap Ass Elites series essentially show "where the rich and poor merge," as quoted on Design Milk. Panya elaborates, "For this project, the chair is a perfect object in aspects of both function and communication. The object itself represents different hierarchies and tastes clearly in its usage and aesthetic." This is made evident in the various shapes, sizes and colors used for her own chairs.

The Cheap Ass Elites series is currently on display at Swing Gallery in Benevento, Italy. Stats for Upcycled Plastic Furniture Trending: Older & Mild
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