pixel chair by vivian chiu
pixel chair by vivian chiu pixel chair by vivian chiu
jul 06, 2011

pixel chair by vivian chiu

‘pixel chair’ by vivian chiu all images courtesy of vivian chiu

RISD furniture student vivian chiu has completed a new project called ‘pixel chair.’ creating a trompe l’oeil effect, this seating unit is made up of 1/2" x 1/2" cubes, placed individually by hand in a brick-laid formation then laminated together.

for more of chiu’s work, see designboom’s previous coverage of ‘inception chair.’

seat detail

frame detail

frame detail

full chair

chair construction in process

  • crazyness

    Giulio says:
  • !!!

    rugGe says:
  • VIVIEN definitely has a VISION

    TOM says:
  • wow…. what impresive work…. CONGRATS!!!

    luisEfe80 says:
  • totally amazed, waste of time, energy and efficiency…hand by hand? that’s the label of our time? Pitty…

    mud says:
  • Seems very fragile!

    Dario says:
  • It is like Emiliano Godoy’s table but not as pritty….

    MAA says:
  • I love it, but she should check out artist Shawn Smith, he’s been pretty hot recently and this is daringly close. Especially since the chair I am guessing isn’t functional unless she has a inner structure.

    gimmy says:
  • nice piece but not sure where the trompe l’oeil is?

    G says:
  • this type of thing has been done to death i’m afraid. and this is more crude than some of the other examples. still good application.

    ps says:
  • should have used lego

    henk says:

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