What were they thinking?
After the Iron Throne’s inclusion in six great chairs on screen we got to thinking on more ‘difficult designs’. From the weird and wonderful to the awful and disturbing, here are our top five. Warning: Some of the following designs may result in goose bumps, nausea and general itchiness.
The pencil is mightier than the posterior.
Designed for the 100th anniversary of office supplies company Faber-Castell, this chair was made from thousands of sharpened ‘Castell 9000’ pencils by German artist Kerstin Schulz. Must have taken some time to get everything looking sharp.
The park bench gets ugly.
Urban designers have targeted the humble park bench in their battle against the homeless. With the ‘anti-comfort’ trend increasingly popular resting for more than a few seconds has become an awkward, jarring experience. It all seems a bit of a ‘hack off your nose to spite your face’ approach when people can’t sit down and share time with friends, family and neighbours. And things have surely gone too far when you need to take the utmost care to avoid injury when using public furniture. Perhaps this is the answer?
Smile and say cheese.
Cheese on toast is great. Cheese on pizza, fantastic. But cheese on chairs? That’s crackers. But perhaps that was the aim of artist Cosimo Cavallaro. The Canadian has created all of interesting art/food endeavours, from giant jellybeans to ham beds to candy chairs. The cheese chair is almost definitely the most unappetising.
The thrill of the hunt.
Another interesting European artist, Helmut Palla’s hunting-inspired work for Turnituire was part of an exhibit entitled Furniture as Trophy. While we’re as proud as the nest designer of our work we’re not quite sure what Helmut is trying to say with this work. “Go mount yourself”, perhaps?
This chair may be physically comfortable. But emotionally? That’s another thing altogether. Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana work evokes childhood dreams and nightmares in one single chair. If you are to believe the Toy Story film (and who doesn’t?) then all of these dolls are merely ‘acting’ until you leave the room. So… do you really want to sit down and think, “Whose hand is that”?