What if you could sit in a fungi of microscopic proportions? Liam Lee makes dreams comes true, a New York artist is a furniture and textile designer who works in felted wool, crafting fantastical objects that look like the things you see in 70s science books. Vibrantly colored, oddly shaped, and beautiful to admire, his chairs and tapestries are wondrous objects. In an interview with Curbed, he loves the idea of his work being both desirable and repulsive. “I like that some people might be disgusted because you’re in this weird space where an object is either considered really beautiful or just this gross, unapproachable thing,” he says. “I want the viewer to approach it without any preconceived notions of what it is supposed to be.”
For myself, they are a perfect blend of form and function. Are they decorative? For sure. Would I want to sit in one of his chairs for a lengthy period? Absolutely, yes. I think they look so funny, yet so comfortable. These days, we don’t have fancy chairs such as these, everything replaced with “minimal IKEA” that lacks any artistry. Liam’s work is much needed in a time of banality, of household items all starting to look the same.