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Artist Creates ‘Skin Chairs’ That Look, Feel and Smell Like Human Flesh
No matter how comfortable your living room seating is, it'll never match the warm folds of an overweight man's belly. PHOTO: Denture Bracelets: Toothsome or Gruesome? At least that's the theory behind a new line of furniture from British designer Gigi Barker, who recently unveiled her new "skin chairs" and "skin stools." Made from a unique silicone material that mimics the feeling and temperature of human flesh, Barker's chairs were modeled on the body of a specific corpulent man. "I abstract the shapes of his form so as to remove some of the immediacy of such a literal representation and allow the viewer to form their own conclusions," she told Wired UK about her new work. Barker has also infused (or rather, "impregnated") the building materials with a familiar, fleshy smell. "I selected my model’s preferred aftershave in order to permeate it with pheromones," she wrote on 9191, her design site. READ: Wake Up! Oscar Mayer Introduces Bacon-Scented Alarm Clock App The result is a creepy, cushiony set of seating that's meant to seem inviting rather than off-putting. "I want the user to question their relationship and level of comfort they have in their own skin and with an other," Barker further explained. The pieces from her last exhibit at London's Central Saint Martin's College have already sold out, but Barker is already hard at work on more skin chairs and ottomans at her workshop, as well as other forthcoming skin-centric creations. And just in case you were curious, the skin chair above is being advertized for £1500 (or around $2500) while the most basic ottoman starts at £440 (around $750). SEE IT: A Hammock-Shaped Tub Keep going for a few more shots of Barker's skin furnishings:
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Stool and Chair

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Chair and stool (with leather cover)

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Artist Creates ‘Skin Chairs’ That Look, Feel and Smell Like Human Flesh

No matter how comfortable your living room seating is, it'll never match the warm folds of an overweight man's belly. PHOTO: Denture Bracelets: Toothsome or Gruesome? At least that's the theory behind a new line of furniture from British designer Gigi Barker, who recently unveiled her new "skin chairs" and "skin stools." Made from a unique silicone material that mimics the feeling and temperature of human flesh, Barker's chairs were modeled on the body of a specific corpulent man. "I abstract the shapes of his form so as to remove some of the immediacy of such a literal representation and allow the viewer to form their own conclusions," she told Wired UK about her new work. Barker has also infused (or rather, "impregnated") the building materials with a familiar, fleshy smell. "I selected my model’s preferred aftershave in order to permeate it with pheromones," she wrote on 9191, her design site. READ: Wake Up! Oscar Mayer Introduces Bacon-Scented Alarm Clock App The result is a creepy, cushiony set of seating that's meant to seem inviting rather than off-putting. "I want the user to question their relationship and level of comfort they have in their own skin and with an other," Barker further explained. The pieces from her last exhibit at London's Central Saint Martin's College have already sold out, but Barker is already hard at work on more skin chairs and ottomans at her workshop, as well as other forthcoming skin-centric creations. And just in case you were curious, the skin chair above is being advertized for £1500 (or around $2500) while the most basic ottoman starts at £440 (around $750). SEE IT: A Hammock-Shaped Tub Keep going for a few more shots of Barker's skin furnishings:

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