Designed by artist Eduardo McIntosh, the Autonomous Living Unit was presented at the New York exhibition, Future Cities: Past, Present in April, 2009. According to the artist, it's a "somewhat satirical project that stands at the intersection of the current housing crisis, the tendency of people in developed countries to live on their own, and the trend of turning architecture into a consumer product."
The point is to consolidate all functions of a home within a single chair. You'd never have to stand up for anything! Wall-E, anyone?
One of many amusing holes in this theory - there's no toilet. Perhaps this was an attempt to show minimalism at its finest.
I give you: the Rocking Hotdog. In a phallic collision of Wienerschnitzel and X-rated horseback riding, this, uh – different – kind of rocking chair was born. Designer-artists Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder will debut this piece next month in the London Spring Projects exhibition, which consists of “functional and nonfunctional works inspired by American popular culture and European craft.” I’m guessing this is nonfunctional. But then again, it depends what you use it for.
This sofa freaks me out. It was inspired by human obesity and features bulbous, pinkish-tan upholstery that seems to consume the beechwood frame. The whole chair is wrapped in latex sheeting for a skin-like quality. “‘At One’ is a sofa which has been devoured by its obese occupier,” says the artist. “It tells a story of a relationship between a person and their sofa and the evolution of their bond through time spent sitting together.”
This ultra-chic lounge by Dante Bonuccelli and Lamm was made from discarded computer keyboards and would make a great birthday gift for Michael Dell. The chair was created for the UMUL 2009 project, a workshop focused on re-use design. Best of all, the keys act as mini massagers.
If you’re prone to claustrophobia, skip ahead to the next wild piece of furniture. This coffin of a poolside bed is called the Sunday Lounger from Royal Botania. Who are they trying to kid? It’s a box. With a lid. And some pillows.
A bit farfetched, this table and chair set was inspired by “the imprints that people leave behind in the sand on a beach.” The sacks are made from artificial leather materials, filled with sand and then wrapped around ash frames. Created by Dutch design graduate Erwin Zwiers, “To Become One” is part of his “Leave Your Shape Behind” collection. What do you think? A grown-up version of bean bag heaven?
This dog kennel chair was designed by Kim HyunJoo of South Korea. Entitled, “Happily Ever,” the piece is designed to promote bonding with your pet through the sharing of an object. If, when you sit down, your dog usually sits right underneath your chair, this may be just the happy medium for you. It has a soft cushioned pad for the pet owner, a lower-tiered seat for the pet, and a partial tunnel for the pet to sit inside. It even has a handle in the back to make it easy to move around.
For that freshly burnt rubber smell, how about a sofa made from reprocessed tires? Well, kudos for taking recycling to a higher level. Created by Ludovic Peperstraete, the “Tire Sofa” is made of…um, tires and stuffed with soft fabric for cushioning. Looks a bit uncomfortable, wouldn’t you say?
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