Heatherwicks spin

Entitled 'Spun', this piece, from Heatherwick studios and manufactured for Magis, is part sculpture; part practical household object. Any idea what it is yet? Confused? That's the idea. Heatherwick wanted to create an object that was at first glance a 'sculptural vessel' but when tilted on its side it becomes more apparent that it is in fact a chair.

The chair is made form rotational moulded polyethylene. The website shows some pretty interesting images of the production process. It involves plastic pellets being heated in a spinning mould, when the plastic starts to flow it attaches itself to the wall of the mould. 

I love the blend of the practical with the sculptural beauty of the finished piece. Neither element compromises the other. Form and function blend perfectly in the final design.

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