contorted furniture by suzy lelièvre contorted furniture by suzy lelièvre
oct 24, 2012

contorted furniture by suzy lelièvre

‘tables choquées’ by suzy lelièvre image © veronique huyghe, ENSCI


french creative suzy lelièvre continues to expand her series of ‘distorted’  objects – each one challenging the idea of conventional furniture to blur the lines between art and design. each piece is characterized by a unique manipulation of the given form, from a wrinkling of wood by a sculpted impact to a coffee table appearing to perform a backflip – the pieces are infused with an almost cheeky wit. lelièvre often derives his concepts – particularly the wooden works – from experimenting with a twisted sheet of paper, often producing an outcome teeming with personality.

‘tables choquées’, 2011 detail image © veronique huyghe, ENSCI



‘tables choquées’ detail, 2011 image © veronique huyghe, ENSCI



‘contorsion, deux tables’, 2009


‘contorsion 45°’, 2012



‘contorsion 20°’, 2012

  • First question WHY?

    Also; Why would you do this to wood – with the two tables slamming into each other, hopefully it is only one for the artwork and the theory and not into production. this would be a great wasting this woodwork. Trying to used them for something and see how wonderful this theory works out.

    Also these designs however intriguing from the curves and Leg placement are also NOT FUNCTIONAL they will tip over it you try to use them so… what is the point other than artwork?

    Form follow function and above all USE -especially now in the era of sustainability.
    This has ONLY form, no function and definitely no thought to sustainable, okay I will give you they are made of wood.

    not impressed says:
  • form doesn’t ALWAYS have to follow function

    I find this rather refreshing

    dbkii says:
  • you don’t have to have a point to have a point

    Oblio says:
  • haha, I was laughing when I read your comments – you are so right – some pieces actually are missing legs – I am surprised that contorsion 45 is even standing (but it happens to be the coolest one of them all – for me).

    however the idea, if developed properly is really great – wood, is not boxy anymore – it’s soft and bendy!

    You are right – the form is the priority here. but if used as inspiration those forms COULD potentially follow function….

    legless :) says:
  • These pieces appear to be primarily ART. Not to be taken so seriously. Be amused! Well executed bending of so called “reality”. Somewhat transcendental in a sense.

    mArkW says:
  • These are delightful, beautifully executed ideas — not furniture. They liberate the mind from trite, commonplace convention, as all art (and good designs) do. They might well lead to functional furniture design, or not. Just being, serving no purpose, they serve many purposes — including, apparently, as targets for derision.

    Tom P says:
  • These are wonderful. The \”tables choquees\” are beautifully done, as functional as any similarly scaled tables, and fun. I hope all you rigid functionalists aren\’t practicing designers. Modernism died a very long time ago, form never really followed function, and \”less is a bore.\”

    tod says:
  • Love to see conventions of furniture questioned… appear to be beautifully executed as well.

    TimC says:
  • @ not impressed: Not every thing with four legs has the function of being a table. And some tables seem to have the function of raising questions. This pieces are giving people an idea of what is possible with wood. The key to a sustainable way of living is to question the old way of thinking about form and function in the first place and learn.

    Mirror Mirror says:
  • boo ya mirror mirror

    niceone says:
  • a revolution!!! great!!!

    zeronergy says:
  • A very interesting investigation of processes on wood. Turning the typically hard into soft is intriguing.

    Fascinated says:
  • I think these are very unique and beautiful. The only one that appears to have a balance issue is \’contorsion 45°\’, 2012…and in reality I suspect that is actually well balanced. Even if I am wrong about this the way the table is loaded could well balance it. This designer has broken the rules in a clever way. There are many things that would fit on these tables in an original fashion. That is what art and good design are all about.

    Randall Page says:

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