Before the Bathtub, There Was the Chair
In investigating the way products change to accommodate human activities, Dutch designer Thomas Linssen created this hybrid bathtub/chair, titled Evolution.
Linssen’s argument is that products, like biological entities, evolve over time—a design ‘natural selection’ so to speak, one organized artificially by humans. And the bathtub, he found, came from the chair.
“I tried to show the gradual change of a chair into a bathtub,” Linssen wrote on his website. “Because a bathtub is something you sit in or on, it seems logical for me to make a bathtub from the thought of a sitting object. The chair is the product that already exists and comes into a new living environment, the bathroom.”
So in his design, the typical chair material, wood, is used to frame the much higher-tech polyester/marmer composite that makes up the ‘bathtub’ part of this design.
It also brings about some consideration for the ‘etymology of appliances’; but, really, the bathtub does look comfortably to soak in.
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