The sharp wooden quills are controlled by a motor, which directs them when to spike upwards.

Wild Chair

Dubbed the ‘wildest species of seating,’ a new chair is more like an animal that defensively reacts to humans upon approach.

Resembling a porcupine, the Wild Chair is equipped with sensors that can detect the presence of people, including voices. On its backrest are sharp wooden spikes; when no one is around, the spikes lay dormant. However, when approached, the spikes omit a scream and peak upwards in defence. 

The humourous project was created by Chilean-born, Paris-based industrial designer J.C. Karich. He jokingly says the furnishing can be domesticated, though  ‘a wild chair will always be a wild chair.’

The design premiered in Milan at the Gallery of the Institut Français during the Salone del Mobile last month.