Figurative Furniture: 15 Designs With Life of Their Own

Locomotion Table by Vendulka Prchalová

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The wild-looking legs on Vendulka Prchalová’s ‘Locomotion’ table can be adjusted to your liking to change the angle of the surface and the overall silhouette of the piece. More a work of art than a functional object, it has either four or six twistable, bendable legs that can give it the look of anything from a deer bucking a human to a mythical beast.

Animorfia by Toot Chen

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Considering they generally have four legs instead of two, tables are riper for comparison to animals than humans, as the series ‘Animorfia’ by Toot Chen shows. Rotating table legs with bending knees become figurative “by way of interaction motion & posture.”

Cuddling Chairs


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All it takes is two pairs of arm-like appendages and a slight angling to the back of an ordinary wooden chair to create the impression that the furniture is cuddling. Designer Jeroen van Laarhoven takes a minimalist approach with this simple yet evocative series called ‘LAT,’ or ‘Love Approach Together.’

Abstracted Human Forms by Bram Boo

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Abstracted animal and human forms question the conventional wisdom of how desks or chairs should look in the work of designer Bram Boo. Comprised simply of boxes affixed to stiff-legged flat surfaces, the designs are suggestible of living forms without the use of any kinetic parts.

Body Chair by Anthony Redmile

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One can only hope that artist Anthony Redmile’s Body Chair is meant to make us uncomfortable, given all that its form suggests with its high heels, wide-open legs and back supported by a pair of clearly female arms.