Flesh Chair wrapped in squishy
rolls of fat by Nanna Kiil

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Flesh Chair wrapped in squishy rolls of fat by Nanna Kiil

Stockholm 2014: student designer Nanna Kiil is showing a chair that looks like it's dressed in a fat suit at the Greenhouse showcase of young talent as part of the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Nanna Kiil modelled the Flesh Chair on an obese body. "The shape is inspired by overweight humans," she told Dezeen. "I wanted to work with that aesthetic in a positive way."

Flesh Chair wrapped in squishy rolls of fat by Nanna Kiil

She used memory foam covered in a light pink textile to create the flabby appearance of the armchair. A wrinkled breed of dog was also taken as a reference when forming the folds and creases. "I was really inspired by the shar pei dog, where the fat is something I find really attractive," said Kiil.

The foam was scrunched and wrinkled around a metal frame then sewn together along the edges. Wooden appendages are attached to the end of the frame and poke from the lumpy material to imitate hands and feet.

Flesh Chair wrapped in squishy rolls of fat by Nanna Kiil

Kiil designed the chair during a five-week project while studying at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design.

It is on show along with a selection of student work in the Greenhouse section of the Stockholm Furniture Fair, which continues until 8 February.

  • Nathan Harris

    Obesity is the last thing I look for in a chair.

  • Jack White

    Mate this is far too close to Charlotte Kingsnorth’s work, as Dezeen should be well aware of!

  • Shirley

    And what about it Jack? It’s fantastic to see different takes on the same subject, theme, material etc. as this helps to push design forward. Maybe I’m reading your comment incorrectly but would be interested to know why you seem to think it’s a bad thing that this is close to another designers work – for which there are two links to below the article. So yes Dezeen is aware of it.

    • Sylvia Ficher

      Shirley, I totally agree with you. But it’s always nice to know with whom things started. Have a look at Sergio Rodrigues’ Cadeira Mole, or Soft Chair, designed in 1957. It is a great piece of design! http://www.sergiorodrigues.com.br/

    • Jack

      Indeed it is very good to see different takes on the same subject, but this is not that, it is somebody elses work regurgitated. There is no advancement here, nothing new has been expressed and without that you risk the label of plagerism. That said, I like the work, really, great job.

  • maria

    Hey Sylvia,

    Thank you for this information, it was very useful.
    Not only the similarity with this project, but it is amazing how many of his works has been copied through time – tables, chairs, armchairs. Amazing!

  • Terrence

    Snobbism is the last thing I look for in a designer.