These Unconventional Chairs Will Make You Question What a Chair Is

published Feb 25, 2018
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How many unique chair designs can you come up with? That’s a question we’d love to ask designer Joyce Lin because we’re currently obsessing over her super creative chair designs.

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Lin’s signature chairs are imaginative enough to spruce up any living space. The San Francisco-based designer works with a variety of mediums, including clay, foam, metal, paint, plaster, vinyl and wood.

For instance, Lin’s “Exploded Chair” is the result of a disassembled chair whose separate pieces have been placed in transparent plastic boxes. Honestly, there’s something a bit unnerving about the leaning slats that make up the chair back and off-kilter legs and slightly shifted seat, but the surrounding plastic guarantees stability and quite the interesting aesthetic, if nothing else. According to Artnau, the superimposed design questions “the idea/function of a chair versus its physical reality and ideas about material and permanence.”

Up next is the equally compelling “Fused Chair,” which is comprised of the parts of five different damaged or discarded dining chairs. Lin created the piece by painting the chairs white, chopping them into smaller pieces and carving out a smooth seating surface.

If furniture could talk, Lin’s “Used Chair” would probably say, “hitch a ride on my back.” The seat resembles a crouching person prepared to give a piggyback ride, but Lin’s interpretation of her design is a little less, erm, goofy. Describing it as “an exploration of the interaction between people and objects through the tired form of a chair,” Lin says she “aimed to make an object with an ambiguous presence, frozen in transition between chair and something ‘other.'”

To get better feel for Lin’s approach to creating, her website features a range of her thought-evoking interactive sculptures and functional objects that examine the relationship between humans and their environment.

h/t Fubiz