Canvas Chairs: 2D Fabric “Paintings” Hide Real 3D Seats

It looks so realistic you could almost sit in it … and, it turns out, you can. But the trick is no mere optical illusion – the painting really does sit flat until activated by interaction.

Studio YOY (images by Yasuko Furukawa) created this Canvas series using a combination of wood, aluminum and flexible fabric, screen-printing the surface with drawings reflecting underlying functionality.

As someone sits down, trusting it to work, the “canvas” stretches, deforming under their weight, while a hidden surface supports them.

In addition to the chair, a lounger and love seat variant add some comfortable and multi-person playfulness to the mix.

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