A Haunted Chair
The idea of the ‘ghost in the machine’ is translated into furniture by the design duo, Design Drift. Tiny air bubbles trace the 3d outline of a fluid shape embedded in a hard plexiglass chair. Ghost, by Design Drift, treats the hard chair as an invisible container for the ephemeral chair. The hard chair disappears perceptually, so that we seem to sit on the ghost inside. Its a beautiful object and a fascinating idea. It is also incredibly uncomfortable. Does that make it a failure? Or just an interesting experiment? Is there a point at which we accept lack of comfort in exchange for aesthetic pleasure in the object itself? Form and function do not always need to be perfectly aligned.