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.
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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