this repurposed old chair is technically a makeover, but the end result is so grotesque, so utterly appalling i’m naming it as the “makeunder” of the year.
The last days of December is usually the time when we compile our ‘Best Of’ lists – best movies, best books, best music, best design etc. But for there to be a best, there has to be a worst, and Dirk Vander Kooij’s nastily old brown chair is it. The dutch designer’s other work actually isn’t all that bad, but taking a puffy brown chair that was ugly to begin with and skinning and restuffing it to make a bean bag has disaster written all over it. The retch-inducing plasticky leather makes it look like a sick animal ridden with tumors and its teetering, off-kilter balance gives the impression that it’s about to spring alive and pounce. I don’t care how noble it is to recycle, the Earth would be a lot better of this was hauled straight to the dump.