up 5. chair.
Chris, a Funfurde reader, pointed me to the UP 5 chair by B&B Italia. It's part of the UP2000 series, which is based on a design first unveiled by Gaetano Pesce in 1969. The UP2000 furniture is described as "a series of seven seatings of various dimensions, upholstered in a particular stretch fabric, whose anthropomorphic forms conserve intact, thirty years after their first appearance, the great visual impact which made them unique in time and throughout the world." Whoa.
I think what all that boils down to is: "Hey, this furniture looked pretty funky in 1969 and it still looks pretty funky today." Which it does. The UP 5 (pictured) seems to be the most interesting of the bunch. The description sure is: "a large mother's lap which reminds us of votive statues of prehistoric goddesses of fertility." Whoa again.
The UP2000 series is made of polyurethane foam, and although I haven't had the chance to try out any of this stuff, I've personally never been too taken with foam furniture. I couldn't find pricing, but I'm sure it's the typical out-of-reach-for-mortals amount. Still, one can always dream. And dream about prehistoric goddesses to boot. Whoa.