Chemistry Experiment Grows A Chair From Mineral Crystals [Pics]
Spider's Thread chair draws on an old Japanese tale that represents hope and fragility.
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created the “Spider’s Thread” chair using mineral crystals and tiny threads to form the body of the furniture. It only took seven filaments sitting in a pool of mineral solution for the shape of the chair to take shape as the crystals slowly worked their way upwards.
To demonstrate the crystal’s progression, there are three chairs at varying stages of growth, which give a clear picture of how the furniture takes shape. Talking with Dezeen, Yoshioka notes how the project draws on a traditional story by Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa, in which the thread of a spider represents hope and fragility: