The phrase “sinking into a chair” literally applies to Squishy Chair, designed by a Rhode Island School of Design graduate Annie Evelyn for Brooklyn-based New Colony Furniture. The Squishy Chair is made from reclaimed wood and lined with foam. Evelyn has thoroughly covered the chair’s seat and the back with little pieces of hard materials which “squish” and cradle your body as you sit on it.
The designer has been developing the ‘squishy’ upholstery technique since she was a student. Evelyn is known for her ‘tongue-in-cheek’ designs – she also created the so-called ‘impolite chair’ with a built-in whoopee cushion, and a minute chair called ‘Sit on My Finger’ which you wear as a ring.
Although, at first, the Squishy Chair looks terribly uncomfortable with its presumed hard and stiff-looking surface, suitable only as a showpiece, be prepared for a total surprise – the chair’s seat and back feel like soft and comfy cushions that give way when pressure is applied. By using the self-invented upholstering technique, the designer is able to make incredibly tough materials, like tiles and cracked cement, into remarkably comfortable seating. The Squishy Chair has a fanciful organic appeal while its supposed discomfort is only an illusion.
The collection of Squishy Chairs was debuted at 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).
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