We can't leave the London Design Festival behind until we have a survey of some of the wild and wacky chairs that people have created. Designing a comfortable and good looking chair is much harder than it looks and is a mark of a good designer. Then there are the other kind of chairs that are fun, or are trying out a concept, or just plain silly. And there were lots of those.
Niels Schuurmans' Balloon Furniture was one example of whimsy taken to the extreme. He puts the balloons inside a tubular fibre braid and hardens the fibre with epoxy resin. Each balloon goes inside a piece of braided fibre 'tube' separately. The furniture is made by twisting the ‘wet’ balloons together into a certain form before the resin hardens. You can sit on them; they are not very comfy, but they would be colourful and witty outside on a balcony or deck.
These low stools, made of recyclable polyethylene are more serious. They are made of one flat sheet and the inserts are made out of the off-cuts. They use foam as the structural part. They are quite bouncy and fun to sit on because they mould to the body.
The pencil bench is just that: 1600 pencils which are individually spring mounted into a wooden bench. Each pencil can be removed and used and they come sharpened already. This one we did not sit on, even though we were welcomed to do so....
The bathtub chair speaks for itself: this really does take recycling to the limit; a reject bathtub is turned into a functional piece of furniture.
The Plank is a cantilevered chair made of plastic that is recyclable. It comes in a range of bright and beautiful colours, and can be stacked for storing. It is good for indoors and out. :: London Design Festival
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