Survival of the fittest principles were used to create a genetically superior piece of furniture.

Jan Habraken and his team at FormNation have turned the process of designing a chair into a full-on scientific pursuit, imagining what a chair’s ancestors might have looked like based on DNA sequencing, as well as what characteristics constitute genetic perfection. The project is called Chairgenics, and aims to breed the perfect piece of furniture.

As with any experiment, there has to be specific parameters to follow, and this is no different when it comes to designing a chair. FormNation considered the genetic makeup of chairs in terms of ergonomics, durability, construction, costs and aesthetics, which were assigned a 1-10 value for each piece of furniture. The aesthetics value was based on internet search popularity using Google and Yahoo as opposed to visual design.

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