How'd you like to sink into Ton Guglya's 'Stake Chair'? From afar, the stool looks like a medieval torture device--that's because it was inspired by one. Upon closer inspection, you'll see that the wooden pyramid is surrounded by a glass cube and a rounded seat top. Whew!
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Implications - Businesses need not be afraid to create products that stray off the beaten path of the normal or the expected, and products like this are definitely a testament to that. Even something as simple as a medieval-inspired seat is going to catch the eye of the consumer looking for something out of the ordinary, so there is definitely a lot to be said for breaking away from the status quo with a design/product that doesn't settle for mediocrity.