It is safe to say that 2010 was a good year for British multi-disciplinary designer Thomas Heatherwick. It was the year he rose to international starchitect status as the brains behind the stunning UK pavilion at Shanghai’s recent world expo. It was also the year which he designed the most fun chair ever made. And yes, I realize that’s a bold statement. But seriously, the Spun chair is a chair like no other. It is made from rotationally moulded plastic, with it’s form resulting from revolving a simple profile curve 360 degrees — though more importantly (and as you may have guessed): it’s designed to spin. Well, spin and rock simultaneously in an all too enjoyable motion. Just watch the video to see for yourself.
Produced by Magis, the Spun chair manages to come across as an oxymoronic combination of childish and sophisticated. And in another amazing feat, Heatherwick has succeeded in getting the often all-too-stuffy design industry to lighten up and smile. Designers take note! (and don’t be afraid to have some fun now and then).