In an office or classroom setting, the need to share a bit of digital work-in-progress with a collaborator comes up often. Rochester Institute of Technology student Alexander Bennett came up with a novel way to encourage personal interactions rather than digitally mediated ones: the Invitation Chair.
The chair looks just like a normal office chair, albeit a little new-agey. But when someone comes over and needs to share your computer screen for a moment, the chair separates and swivels to make two connected chairs.
The seat and backrest swivel together, giving two people space to sit together and work or have a face-to-face conversation. The backrest also features a convenient handle.
According to the designer, the chair is meant to encourage creativity and camaraderie in a workplace setting. Since ideas flow more freely during personal interaction than during digital conversations, this may be one of the most brilliant office seating ideas ever.