At first, you might wonder about the Emoticons by Tomas Ekstrom series, perhaps expecting these seats to resemble actual emoticons. Yet that title actually refers to the fundamental purpose of emoticons -- the conveyance of emotions, not the sharing of cute faces and other typed symbols. Moreover, it specifically centers around "The emotional meaning of form, shape & music," as explained in its subtitle.
Comprised of four chairs, the Emoticons by Tomas Ekstrom series explores four different feelings. These include rapture, despondence, repose and dread. Each seat engages every sense in order to convey these emotions.
For instance, the despondence chair in the Emoticons by Tomas Ekstrom series does not only look sad, it also encourages you to be sad by placing you in a slouched position. It also has a hard, uncomfortable-looking surface.