It seems appropriate to classify this object as a wingback chair, even though it doesn't conform to the traditional shape of a flanged armchair. This is because the inspiration behind this piece of furniture has come from a tropical bird––a Quetzal, from which the seat received its name.
The cushioned wings of the chair create a cozy nest in which to sit, formed from feather-shaped pillows that can flop back and forth. On a whim, the user can invert the position of the plumes to reveal the colored fabric upholstery the other side.
This Quetzal wingback chair challenges the convention that furnishings such as this must be static objects. Marc Venot demonstrates how the user can come to interact with seating in accordance with his own comfort and aesthetic tastes.
The Quetzal is a Wingback Chair in an Atypically Conceptual Sense
1. Interactive Furniture - Creating furniture that allows the user to interact with it in accordance with his/her own comfort and aesthetic tastes.
2. Conceptual Designs - Designing furniture inspired by non-traditional sources such as animals, plants, and other structural elements.
3. Reversible Upholstery - Designing furniture with reversible cushions or upholstery to give it a new look or feel.
1. Furniture Design - Opportunities to incorporate non-traditional design elements into furniture design, resulting in unique and innovative pieces.
2. Interior Design - Using interactive furniture as a focal point of a room, creating unique and dynamic spaces.
3. Home Decor - Creating reversible upholstery for various pieces of furniture to give a fresh look to any space.