The top 7 craziest chairs in the world
According to health experts we sit far too much, so why not make a statement whilst you are sitting? These 7 chairs are a mix of art, sculpture and design and despite their strange appearance all of them function as chairs should – you can sit in them. These chairs will certainly make you think twice about the standard, boring chair designs we have become accustomed to.
1-The Octopus Chair
The Octopus Chair from the Animal Chair Collection by Máximo Riera is our Nº1 Craziest chair. Made from Polyurethane, leather and steel and weighing in at 65 Kg this Limited Edition Piece is a sight to behold. The artist was faithful to the animal’s physique and the natural majesty of its movements, and the result is stunning, or shocking, depending on your viewpoint. The perfect chair for a Bond villain?.
Maximo says “This Collection is homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom, which inhabits our planet, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing.” The other 9 chairs are equally crazy – The Beetle, The Rhino, The Hippo, The Toad Sofa, The Elephant, The Buffalo, The Walrus Chaise lounge and The Whale – shown below. maximoriera.com
2-Fish Rocking Chair
This fishy chair, designed by Tristan Cochrane, is not as smelly as it looks. It’s a fully functional rocking chair and made entirely from cast sardines in aluminium. Starting with fresh sardines and then through the process of lost wax casting Tristan transformed the fishes into tough durable aluminium. These aluminium sardines were then fixed together and welded to produce furniture with an aesthetic which captures the spirit of life in the ocean. A homage to the beauty of fish and an investigation into how we build furniture today. Drawing on 12 years of experience in the fishing industry in Scotland before becoming a furniture designer, Tristan has a real affinity to working with fish. tristancochrane.com
The Sugarchair is the first chair in the world that is completely made out of sugar. And if that isn’t crazy enough you can change the design of the chair yourself – yes, by eating it! Designed by German designer Pieter Brenner whose projects are characterised by careful research and a passion for clearness. “The user can play an active part in the design with form and the dimensions of the object himself”, states Brenner. “The more consumed, the less mass left of the chair”. sugarchair.com
4-The Cut Chair
This chair might provide a place for you to sit but the optical illusion it creates tells you otherwise. The chair looks like it has been sliced apart, when actually a plate concealed by a thick carpet allows a robust cantilevered seat. Created by product designer Peter Bristol who says he is “Working to create ideas that should exist and bring them to life in the right way.” peterbristol.net
Award-winning design studio Kiwi and Pom have developed what must be the ultimate in party furniture! During the day it’s the perfect statement piece – a brilliant contradiction between function and flamboyancy. At night the Disco Chair will transform your home with its 200 metres of electroluminescent wires, reminiscent of a 1970s disco typeface made up of continuous offset lines. It even has a pulse mode simulating the disco light effect perfectly. kiwiandpom.com
Created by furniture designer Vivian Chiu this devilishly clever chair takes the chair archetype and places within it chairs that are progressively smaller. Each chair has hand cut grooves on the inside edges of its seat frame as well as notches in the seat back. The mechanism works so that the pegs fit into the grooves of the chair one size bigger and slides into place so that the horizontal edge between the chair seat and back line up. The simple mechanism allows the chairs to be taken apart and put together with ease. vivianchiudesigns
7-Millipede Bar Chair
Created by Ukrainian designer Michael Samoriz the idea of Millipede, according to Michael, is a symbiosis of cyberpunk and bionics. “I borrowed the look of “Dron” from The Matrix trilogy. The bionical part of design is related with the look of a jelly fish. That’s why the Millipede chair is something in the middle between a robot and a living being, some sort of futuristic organism!” The upper part of bar chair is made of glossy white and turquoise plastic. The seat has a comfortable armrest and back. michaelsamoriz.com