Every once in a while an offbeat, unique and utterly bizarre design actually makes its way into production when there is enough demand for it. This combination of chairs, swings and dining is (amazingly enough) actually being manufactured and sold (albeit not for cheap).
The idea of this Duffy London original is clear enough: instead of supporting your dining room chair-and-table table on legs as you have come to expect, they are (respectively) suspended from above and supported by a four-cornered frame to which everything connects.
Whether or not this is a good idea is … debatable. Swinging while slinging down a meal might be trickier than these fanciful designers first realized, and the stomach cramps that could result … well, it might not be pretty when dessert rolls around.
However, the company seems to envision it in use for a slightly different purpose that does make a bit more sense: workplace meetings.
The seats come in black, red or white, but all of them look dangerously free-floating with respect to the sharply-angled structural elements at each corner. The overhead light appears to be something of an afterthought as well, its cord snaking awkwardly up the site.
In any case, if you ever get to sit at one of these Swing Tables yourself, you might have to suppress the urge to swing too enthusiastically, lest you and your fellow users bang your kneecaps together repeatedly beneath the surface. Gentle swinging only!
“Bring the playground into the boardroom or dining room with the Swing Table. Snap your staff or dinner guests out of the doldrums; meetings or dinners will become a fun and inspiring experience.”
“A Geo lampshade and the hanging chairs are suspended from the four-poster frame around the table top. This playful design will delight and inspire and it makes vacuuming a breeze!”