'A Body of Skin': New Furniture Collection echoes the Human Body

Art & Design

July 29, 2014 | BY AFP

There's nothing quite like a favourite chair that hugs you like a second skin, but one designer has taken things a step further with her latest project.

A Body of Skin: Skin Stool (left) and Skin Chair (right)

A Body of Skin is a furniture collection designed to look like elements of the human body.

The brainchild of British designer Gigi Barker for Studio 9191, the chairs and footstools have been made using a silicone base and moulded leather cover impregnated with aftershave and pheromones to make the experience as "fleshy" as possible.

The chair is not recognisable as a particular body part but the aim, Barker says, is "to explore the intricate subtleties and varieties of the skin surface and the volumes of the flesh."

The connection made when people sit in the chair "questions the relationship and level of comfort we have in our own skins and with an other," she adds.

A Body of Skin: Variations of the Skin Stool

"Moulded leather provides a potential familiarity and thus more subtle visual impact," Barker explains.

"However, it is literally a piece of skin, removed from a body, a direct translation rather than a representation of the material."

A Body of Skin pieces are currently available to purchase from 9191, with prices ranging from £440-£1,500. The collection will also be on display during the London Design Festival this September.