Entomophobes won't like this. The Dutch firm Edhv has turned insect tracks into a chair--a pretty one, to boot. But consider: Every time you sit down, you'll think of ants crawling around your heinie. Egad!
The chair's called Debug, and it debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair last month. You make it by shoving some insects--ants, crickets, whatever--into an ad hoc mapping machine, then recording their every frazzled move. The data that pops out is dispatched to 3-D modeling software, and poof, you've hatched your very own wood-lice chair.
Gross, right? Except that everyone's swarming to bugs nowadays. Behold Nymph, the world's creepiest lamp from Site Specific Design!
Insect wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. Gnatty!
And here's SOM's brass-and-glass addition to the New School in Greenwich Village, which looks like a giant ant colony:
Let's just hope designers don't take it too far, because no one wants to feel as though he's sitting on a cockroach. Too late! This chair was designed to simulate just that: