Spun chair by Heatherwick Studio 07.06.10

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The limited edition version of Spun is made from brushed and polished metal and is available from Haunch of Venison gallery (image: Haunch of Venison)

Spun isn't the most relaxing chair to sit in, but it is a lot of fun. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, Spun is an attempt to make a chair with perfect rotational symmetry – it's circular and balanced on a single point, like a spinning top. Sit in it and tilt to one side, and it begins to roll until you feel like you're about to topple over backwards. Instead, you come full circle, rising back up to where you started.

The chair is assembled out of six pieces of metal, which are shaped using a metal-spinning process also used to create timpani drums and kitchenware. These pieces are welded together to create a seamless, sculptural whole. The rim that comes in contact with the ground is trimmed in leather to avoid damaging floors.

Limited-editon versions of the chair are available in brushed and polished steel, brushed and polished copper and aluminium, from London's Haunch of Venison gallery. Heatherwick has also developed a more affordable version in moulded polyethylene, for manufacturer Magis.

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An aluminium prototype of the Spun chair (image: Haunch of Venison)

 

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Will Wiles

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The chair is assembled out of six pieces of metal, which are shaped using a metal-spinning process also used to create timpani drums and kitchenware

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