The Vertebrae Chair - Design Bureau

The Vertebrae Chair

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Proving that, sometimes, ideas for innovation are right behind you, architect Jacob Brillhart has invented a chair modeled after the human vertebrae. Though the idea has been visited before (herehereherehere, and here), it's a concept that still has a lot of flexibility, and Brillhart's spiny design is pure minimalist class.

The chair is formed of wooden ribs, made to scale with actual vertebrae of the human spine. Unlike a big, cushy La-Z-Boy, the ergonomic shape of the chair provides the comfort, with a thin layer of felt on top to soften its surface. The ribs flex to account for each unique body, just as the spine contorts itself to accommodate human movement. According to the designer, the anthropomorphic form was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s renderings of the body and Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs of figures in motion.

Sure, the skeletal structure is endlessly mimicked, but with good reason: there's nothing else like it. Make no bones about it!

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