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Skin Furniture

Artist Gigi Barker has created "skin stools" and "skin chairs" that are designed to look, feel, and smell like human skin. Specifically, sitting on them is supposed to mimic the sensation of sitting on a "rather portly stomach." She achieves the smell part by impregnating the furniture with human pheromones and aftershave. More info at and at Barker's website.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 31, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Furniture

Safe Bedside Table

A bedside table that quickly transforms into a bat and shield to defend yourself against intruders.

Designed and available from James McAdam.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 31, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Furniture

Nuke Lamp

Add a little armageddon chic to your home with the Nuke Lamp from VeneriDesign. It's yours for only $1,445.53.

If they're charging that much, couldn't they have rounded down to an even $1445?
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 03, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Furniture, Overpriced Merchandise

Suitcase Furniture

From design firm Nieuwe Heren.

Just four travel bags,
 but linked together it reminds you of home.
 Your couch on a remote location. But also on airports and train stations, you can bring a little homish comfort
 and a feeling of safety with you.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 26, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Furniture, Travel

Stuffed Sheep Bedside Table

Twenty-one lucky people will get to have one of these in their bedroom, because that's how many the artist Oscar Tusquets made. Cost is $50,000 each. More info at the Daily Mail.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Furniture

Blast Stools


Stools made by blowing up sheet metal.

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 27, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Explosives, Furniture, Avant Garde

Pencil Chair and Table

Made by German artist Kerstin Schulz back in 2005 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Faber Castell's Castell 9000 pencil, which was the first hexagonally shaped pencil. Good for writing with, bad for sitting on. [designboom]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Oct 23, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Furniture

The Afro Chair

Do afros make you think of chairs? That's what they made Korean designer Yangsoo Pyo think of, inspiring him to create the "Afro Chair." He writes:

"Afro" is a chair that employed the image of the hair style "Afro Permanent hair." Springs are used to visualize the tangled and puffed up texture of the afro hair. The springs used to create the "Afro chair" are the two-ring binder springs used to bind together a notebook. The two-ring binders do not get tangled but rather wraps around each other.
Therefore, there is no danger of destroying women's stockings or knitwear. In fact the chair is very comfy. The manufacturing process of this chair begins with a simple iron frame. Then, the springs are used instead of the normal sponge and leather cover.

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 22, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Furniture, Hair Styling, Hair and Hairstyling

Sea Lion Hide Shoes

[From Playboy for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]

Lizard, alligator, shark--sure, I've heard of shoes made with those, and also with ostrich skin.

But sea lion?!?

I went looking and found a firm that still uses sea lion hide for various products, though I'm not sure sea lion shoes are among their offerings.

But Holy God, look at this crocodile chair!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 12, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Furniture, Shoes, 1960's

Mechanical Table

Most people have probably owned a kitchen table that can be enlarged by adding a piece in the center or unfolding an additional segment, but this is an entirely different (and purely awesome) method of expanding a table for larger groups. I honestly never thought it would be possible to get excited by a table, but I really want one of these.

Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Wed Nov 17, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Furniture, Technology, Rube Goldberg Devices, Video, Interior Decorating
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