How To Lose Your Seat

What if you turned up for an interview, were directed to a waiting room, and upon opening the door found that the room was apparently empty?  If you look closely the room might well be full of seats but you simply can’t see them.  This could happen if the room was full of mirrored furniture like the ones pictured below.  At first it might be a bit of a surprise, but then, as you eyes adjust to the new perspective and the seats materialise, the surprise could go one of two ways and either turn into bewilderment or excitement.  It could unsettle you enough to cost you the job, but equally it may excite you enough to fire you up and gain you the position you applied for.  This could even be a clever first hurdle in the selection process, particularly if the job is design related.

The furniture pictured is from the Visible/Invisible Furniture Series by New York based Takeshi Miyakawa (images via designboom), the pieces are made from mirror finished acrylic which has, in places, been distorted by heat.  The heating causes ripples and cracking on the surface which breaks down the pristine reflections.

I think I would prefer not to have the blemishes, but I can see how the effect is meant to disrupt the apparent ‘perfection’ of the pieces.  To extend the mirror theme (and its obvious art over function aesthetic) I would have liked to have seen an identical series of furniture arranged on the opposite wall of the exhibition space but without the imperfections, as though the whole room was divided by a giant invisible mirror…

Mirror Chair

Mirror Table

Close up of cracking

Mirror Chair 2


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