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You know if it weren’t so large, I might have been tempted to use this as an umbrella holder like Jessica W suggested. The shape is also reminiscent of a set of Mac speakers I used to own. (Jolene, you must have the same ones.) This week’s What the…? is actually a chair. A sleek and fanciful grown-up take on the Playskool Sit ‘N Spin, if you will, as demonstrated in this video.

Spun Chair

While you probably can’t make music out of this shiny piece of furniture, designer Thomas Heatherwick uses the same metal spinning technique traditionally used to produce the deep copper basins of Timpani drums. Even with its polished, impractical appearance, the Spun chair comfortably rocks from side to side and swivels all the way around like a child’s spinning top. Heatherwick Studios also produces an indoor/outdoor version made of spun plastic.

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  2. Amy PureHome says:

    This just doesn't look comfortable whatsoever! (And, I'm not bitter because I couldn't figure out what it was!) ;)

  3. Chelsea says:

    Wow! I wonder if it is easy to balance or if you end up getting a leg workout too! I would be afraid to sit in it without looking because it could swivel and I miss the seat! haha. That would be my luck! But it is a really interesting design! :)

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  5. ulagloran says:

    like it.

  6. Anna@HGTV says:

    I had no idea what it was either! Did you check out the video? The folks seem to be having fun rocking and spinning around in it. I love it when design encourages adults to relax and act like children again, even if it's for only a few minutes. Play relieves a world of stress and encourages creativity!

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