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According to Cengiz, the Terrarium Chair “is an experimentation in which to investigate the effect of visual data to the user’s experience.” While it’s pretty obvious to most viewers that the barrel cactus is not a real threat because it’s contained inside the acrylic, its spiky spines do cause a temporary discomfort in most people.

The Terrarium Chair isn’t the only thought-provoking seat Cengiz has designed. We covered his grassy Chaise Lawn chair back in 2009. The resourceful designer also makes seats out of salvaged redwood from dismantled NYC water towers.

+ Deger Cengiz