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A Chair That Loves Your Wine Stains

Finally, furniture for slobs!

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Linda Vännström, a student at HDK ? School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg, has produced an ingenious chair that takes your wine stains, your Cheetos dust, and your baby vomit, and turns them into abstract works of art.

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Which sounds like pretty much everyone’s college futon, right? Here’s the difference: Your futon was presumably white at some point and looked better that way, unless you somehow managed to channel Jackson Pollock with spaghetti sauce, whereas Vännström’s so-called Oops! chair is soiled — deliberately, beautifully — at the outset.

Vännström tells us she was inspired by Rorschach ink blots and “just the idea of a sustainable fabric that can live long and prosper even if it’s got stains from everyday life,” so she created a mottled pattern out of — you guessed it! –stains from everyday life, including coffee and paint. The resulting seat cover looks like the aftermath of the world’s most tasteful frat party (a good thing). And the best part: The more you spill on it, the prettier it’ll get. How it’ll smell is another matter.

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Unfortunately, the chair isn’t for sale, but you can buy the fabric — which is digitally printed in Sweden — and throw it on whatever you want by contacting Vännström here.

[Images by Lars-Göran Karlsson; Hat tip to Design Sponge]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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