Stockholm 2013: Swedish designer Alexander Lervik unveiled a chair made of wooden rods like a bed of nails in Stockholm last week.
Lervik says Spike Chair was inspired by shafts of heavy rain in the Phillipines: "One day it poured with rain. Raining stair rods, as they say, and that's exactly how it was. The shafts of rain resembled slanted lines and in that rain I suddenly saw the outlines of Spike in front of me."
The user's weight is spread over 60 turned ash rods, supported by tubular steel welded to a three-millimetre-thick base. There are 30 different lengths of rod to accommodate the curve of the body.
Lervik made the chair in an edition of ten and presented them at Gallerie Pascale as part of Stockholm Design Week, which also included delicate glass pieces exhibited among robots and an installation of lamps by Nendo in a former skating pavilion. See all our stories about Stockholm 2013.