A chair is perhaps one of the simplest concepts that allow us as human beings to relax. Though they are some of the oldest and simplest objects mankind has designed, some designers have thrown out even the basic concept of the chair in lieu of more unique modern thinking as these examples show.
SK Fishbone Chair
This sculptural wooden chair features vertical slats that make a strange statement and looks something like a cartoon fish skeleton. Designer Nicolas Marzouanlian developed this eco-friendly indoor or patio chair to be a purist piece of furniture making it without the use of glue or screws.
Light Up is actually a two in one chair and lamp that was inspired by deep sea creatures that catch their food with lights on their heads. Ontwerpers of Netherlands made this piece from a maintenance free fiber reinforced artificial resin body with steel reinforced construction.
Luis JJ Rocking Armchair
In this outrageous rocking chair the elements of shag rug, metal arms and wooden rocking sleds have been combined. Despite its unusual appearance the “shag rug” combines design elements in such a way that it is surely comfortable to sit on. This chair was designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia.
SheetSeat Folding Chair
Designers Ufuk Keskin and Efecem Kutuk took space saving to another level with their “SheetSeat” which is made of plywood and can be flattened to a mere 3/4â€³ space. The concept of a chair folding up this small is a remarkable innovation in modern design thinking.
Bouquet Chair by Moroso
The “Bouquet Chair” from designer Tokujin Yoshioka was inspired by an installation in the Moroso New York showroom that included 30 thousands paper tissues that simulated a cloud-like atmosphere. Outrageous in most settings you could imagine, it likely will not be gracing many “bachelor pads” and might even challenge girl pads as well.
Binta Armchair from Moroso M’Afrique Collection
As a guy it’s hard to put colors together and usually mixing multiple colors is a bad idea. The “Binta Armchair” from Moroso screams “loud” in every possible way, a crazy mix of outrageous colors and patterns. Sure, a super-casual chair can work in the right setting, but imagine trying to fit this somewhere in your own living space.
Savannah Bent Wood Rocking Chair
Real wood-working is an art form that dates back to the inception of furniture itself, and Jolyon Yates carries on the tradition in style. According to Yates his focus is to “display the soul by reflecting the care and honesty with which they have been conceived and crafted in a world of loveless volume manufacturing”. The Savannah Rocker molds carefully selected Birch Ply into outrageous shape to create this mastery in modern design and depart from “mass production” principles.
Cloud Chair Richard Hutton
The “Cloud Chair” by Richard Hutton is an unusual chair to say the least. It is constructed from nickel plated cast-aluminum in the shapes of small balls resembling features found in clouds. Standard upholstery options for chairs are usually in the realms of fabric and leather. In this example nickel plated aluminum presents an outrageous alternative to traditional fabric or leather upholstery.
Voido Rocking Chair by Ron Arad
Designer Ron Arad uses polyurethane to add structural integrity and visual appeal to the “Voido” rocking chair. Voido’s never-ending curves look artistic and sensual when viewed from any angle.
Sound Chair by Natuzzi
At first glance the new Sound Chair from Natuzzi of Italy is without a doubt a great-looking classic chair. Upon further full body inspection and a touch of today’s modern technology one will find an iPod jack and speakers placed perfectly in the headrest for a relaxing musical experience. Natuzzi gets two thumbs up for recognizing the importance of integrating technology into its otherwise typical-looking design.
Lofty Chair and Lounge Series from MDF Italia
The Lofty collection chairs and chaise lounges from MDF Italia may be what the future of furniture holds. The stainless steel versions of the Lofty chair and chaise are limited and unsurprisingly, the work involved has a significant effect on the price.
Crochet Chair Marcel Wanders
The “Crochet Chair” from Marcel Wanders takes the “crochet and knitting concept” in a different direction in this outrageous interpretation of that old hobby. Its construction of resin and fiber create a durable chair that has the fragile look of “crochet” made items.
Lobster and Shelly Chairs by Verikon
Verikon, a veteran of Scandinavian furniture designed the “Lobster” and “Shelly” chairs with help from Oluf Lund and Eva Paarmann, who work with furniture inspired by the skeletons of crayfish. The results are sculptural and comfortable chairs with a very strong construction, like the skeleton of a lobster. Inspiration and construction aside, the Lobster and Shelly chairs show us the modern lounge chair like never before, in a really creative and understated design.
The Cut Chair by Domenico de Palo
The “Cut Chair” from AntiDiva creates visual impact from opposing shapes. The outrageous element of Cut Chair is its stark minimalism and how it creates such a stunning modern design out of a simple conceptual “cut” in a solid object. You would think that “less would not create more”, but in the case of this chair it does.
The Ghost Chair
The “Ghost Chair” from FIAM imakes the list but last as it is constructed of solid glass, a very unpractical structural material. The “Ghost Chair” is currently shown in museums around the world including the Triennale di Milan, Italy and the Corning Museum of Glass, N.Y USA, further proving it to be more of a novelty than a chair designed for everyday use.