Japanese designer Kei Harada has created two chairs made completely out of rubber.
Harada based the project on a Surrealist image by American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman called Dali Atomicus, which illustrates a silhouetted chair crashing towards a chaotic scene that includes flying cats, a bucket of water and the artist Salvador Dali suspended in mid-air.
The designer told Dezeen, "If I could change one thing about the photograph, I would transform the chair into a rubber one; by doing so, I could add a little ease to the photograph because a rubber chair would inflict less damage to the floor, walls, and the chair itself."
The elastic material provides a more malleable chair, so the back and legs bend in response to the sitter's posture.
There are two seats in the Chair for Dali series: one chair has a square back rest and is made of rubber with 70% hardness whilst the other has a rounded back and is made of rubber with 90% hardness, making the leg bracing unnecessary.
Above: Dali Atomicus by Philippe Halsman
Chair photographs are by Kazutaka Fujimoto.
- Bulky by Jonas Wagell for Muuto
- Today at Dezeen Platform: Jan Rose
- University of Naples Metro Station by Ka…rim Rashid
- Irish studios collaborate on designs for… Milan exhibition
- Stone Spray Robot by Anna Kulik, Inder S…hergill and Petr Novikov
- ThinPlug by Zihni Yalcin
- Zipit by Victor Matic
- Flying City Tableware by Carsten Höller… for Nymphenburg
- Storyboard by Jan Van Hoof
Sign up for a daily roundup
of all our stories