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.
designed for cappellini by ny design studio dror, the felt peacock chair is porn for furniture lovers.
I know it makes the blood rush to my face whenever I look at it, which is often. Though it may look elaborate, the Peacock Chair is made from only three single sheets of thick wool felt and a simple metal frame. It’s a breathtaking combination of material and form, and if I had one I don’t think I’d ever do anything but sit in it all day long. Available in four bright colors, it’s both an investment piece and a steal at $6,400 (on sale at Unica Home) and Luminaire.