puzzle like inception chair by vivian chiu puzzle like inception chair by vivian chiu
may 17, 2011

puzzle like inception chair by vivian chiu

hand-cut grooves allow the chair frames to sit comfortable into each other

‘inception chair’ is a seating concept which draws on the archetype of the chair nestling it within a progressively smaller form
of itself to create the actual seat. developed by RISD furniture student vivian chiu, the design consists of 10 chair frames
that fit into one another via hand-cut grooves which are cut out of the inner edges of the frames’ seats and backs.
pegs on the outer end of each frame fit into the notches of the previous sized chair, sliding easily in place so that the
horizontal edge between chair seat and back line up.


front and back views


profile and 3/4 views


the 10 chair frames disassembled


the working frame with view of grooves

via colossal
via notcot

  • made for a family of russian dolls, they were well chuffed

    j says:
  • the visual effect is very good

    tmjf says:
  • very funny!
    I like this crazy project!

    Renato says:
  • i was going to say, waste of materials and effort… but on second thoughts, so what; it’s just lovely, especially the family group.

    nicey says:
  • the form is pure, even though it’s seem to use more materials than normal one. i think it waste less wood when it’s making up because its pure.

    nobody says:
  • I would buy one of these things in a heartbeat, if just to have the conversation piece.

    Von Galt says:
  • I wonder if this would have the same effect in a different setting. I have a feeling the illusion is only this effective with a consistant, blank background.

    loki says:
  • nice visual efect!

    Josef says:
  • wow

    rs says:
  • This is stunning ! Definitely not a chair, but sn amazing piece of sculpture

    Philharmonikon says:
  • Interesting concept 8/10
    Exploration of form 7/10
    Functionality 2/10
    @Von Gait – Conversation piece 9/10

    Eug says:
  • the effect caused by this chair is amazing.
    i like it very much

    PatriciaC. says:

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