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MAD founder Ma Yansong has created a chair for Italian brand Sawaya & Moroni that’s designed to be arranged like clusters of fungi. The Mogu chair – which was unveiled at Milan design week – has an undulating seat that resembles the shapes of mushrooms. It’s supported by three trunk-like legs that appear to be sprouting from the ground, and includes a single circular dip in its surface.

The seating was first created as a prototype for a public art installation, and is designed to live somewhere between public furniture and sculpture. Both resin and wood versions were presented at Milan design week. According to Sawaya & Moroni – which has collaborated with several architects including Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel – the chair references the feeling of a resting place found in nature, and its tri-lobal shape allows it to be arranged into different configurations.

Milan design week featured several pieces of furniture by high-profile designers, including seating designed by Philippe Starck and based on historic torture devices. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson also revealed prototypes of triangular-patterned shelves and tables, and Konstantin Grcic showed a sofa with metal details based on railings from Milan’s subway.

Design: Ma Yansong

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/04/23/ma-yansong-mogu-chair-sawaya-moroni-based-shapes-mushroom-caps-milan-design-week-2017/

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