We’ve all struggled at times to find the most comfortable sitting position in a chair. It makes sense: we’re all individuals with different physical characteristics, needs and ideas of what comfort means. Designer Kirsi Enkovaara solves the problem of the one-size-fits-all approach with her uniquely customizable and flexible chair, which she calls “The Body.”

The chair is six meters long overall and made of a canvas material stuffed with rice. The semi-rigid structure allows you to mold the chair into a position that is comfortable for you – and then it stays in that position. At the same time, the material is flexible enough to support the curves of the body.

The designer encourages us to move away from “learned cultural norms” like how to sit in a chair and instead listen to our own bodies tell us which position is most comfortable.

Endlessly moldable and re-shapable, the Body encourages users to find comfort and security in any way position (and their bodies) desire.

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‘The Body’ chair encourages a person to find their choice of sitting position by discarding learned cultural norms, trusting in their own body to create the most individual way of sitting. The structure of ‘The Body’ is made from canvas and rice, allowing it to be formed into reconfigurable rigid structures. ‘The Body’ chair has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, most recently during Bratislava Design Week.”

About Kirsi Enkovaara

Kirsi Enkovaara is a Finnish designer. She based her studio in Peckham, London after graduating from the Royal College of Art, Design Products in 2014. She has exhibited extensively through Europe, recently exhibiting in Helsinki Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Somerset House. Her work has been featured in the front runner publications such as Dezeen, Wallpaper*, Interni and Frame Magazine. Working at the moment with my homeware brand Nkdware from 2019 onwards.