"Inspired by a simple toy top," the Spun Chair represents a step down in scale for designer Thomas Heatherwick. Best known for the huge, dandelion-like cauldron he created for the London Olympics, Heatherwick has now put a sculptural spin on seating. Stood on its narrow base, the Spun Chair looks merely decorative — a study in brightly colored molded plastic. But tip it slightly and it becomes an ergonomic recliner. "Just park your bottom in the dip and lean back to lounge, rock, or, when the mood strikes, spin around a full 360 degrees." Source: New York
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