Stop What You’re Doing, We Need To Talk About These Wacky Hanging Chairs

published Apr 11, 2017
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(Image credit: Rudi Geyser via Yellowtrace)

Working at Apartment Therapy and being on the internet all day, well, let’s just say I’ve seen my share of out there design. Much of it, though, pales in comparison to the work of Porky Hefer, a South African artist and the mastermind behind some seriously unorthodox seating.

Today, Brittney came across this hanging chair—reminiscent of a gas mask—while trying to source a photo from Pinterest (a task that accounts for roughly 95 percent of our time). I, personally, may never be the same.

Hefer’s cross between a “hanging wicker chair, a submarine and an anglerfish,” as described by Adrienne, isn’t his only design.

There’s one that’s actually supposed to be an angler fish.

(Image credit: Rudi Geyser via Yellowtrace)

The chair’s esca—the glowing growth that protrudes from an anglerfish to lure its prey—is, appropriately, a lightbulb; its scary teeth are soft sheepskin.

(Image credit: Rudi Geyser via Yellowtrace)

Blending humor with craftsmanship, all Hefer’s works are handmade. “Intrigued by the reactions and energy a piece can generate, he embraces Africa and the skills that are readily available indigenously, rather than trying to emulate foreign processes,” reads his About page. “Hefer sees beauty in the functional, the ordinary and discarded.”

(Image credit: via Porky Hefer)

Prior to becoming an artist, the Cape Town resident spent 16 years as an award-winning advertising creative director before starting his own creative consultancy in 2007, and Porky Hefer Design in 2011.

(Image credit: Justin Patrick via Porky Hefer)

The woven, nest-like pieces were recently on display at R & Company in New York. “Each piece is meant to be inhabited like a hermit inhabits shells,” Hefer said of the works.

I am heartbroken to report that the exhibit—dubbed Heart of Lightnessended in February, and we have missed our window to “curl [our] bodies into the playful, human-scaled shells and nests, or to drape [ourselves] languidly over the leopard’s branch.” All the sob emojis.

(Image credit: Rudi Geyser via Yellowtrace)

The animal shaped pieces—including Fiona Blackfish above—first made their debut at Design Miami in 2015.

(Image credit: Rudi Geyser via Yellowtrace)

If you’re wondering if you can own one of Hefer’s works, well, you’re in luck. James Brown (above) is currently listed on 1st Dibs for $65,000.

I am changed forever knowing these chairs exist. Let us reflect upon their masterfulness in the comments.