As the old adage goes: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Well this furniture concept by Chinese designer Hui Chun Chen flips that idea on its head– this chair is broken, so you have to fix it everytime you want to sit in it.
The chair requires a level of engagement that turns the act of sitting into something of a puppet show, where manoeuvring the tension of strategically placed strings will pull the seat into place. Gently, though. You have to be gentle to get comfortable here, and even once you're fully balanced, comfortable might actually be an overstatement.
Chen wanted to "stimulate the daily routine," producing pieces that were, in some way, an extension of our own bodies and part of our very personal physical tool set. It's part N*SYNC in Bye Bye Bye, a bit Pilates routine, a dash of zen exercise, fascinating and infuriating and beautifully executed. Do I appreciate the concept? Absolutely. Do I want to sit in it? Not today. No thank you. [MoCo Loco]