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Design September, 16 2011

Dolly Chairs and Tables by Tomas Ekström

Designer Tomas Ekström, inspired by sheep, goat, and lamb, designed the Dolly Chair after the animals. Here’s the rather strange story from the designer himself:

Dolly, a not so regular chair, was born on July 5th, 2009, at the home of Kallbrand in Stockholm, Sweden. Her birth, not revealed to the public until August 30th, 2011, sparked controversy instantly, because Dolly was the world’s first chair to be cloned from an adult cell of a Sheep. Considered one of the most significant design breakthroughs ever, Dolly’s birth and subsequent survival proved that sheep cells can reprogram themselves into a new being. The man that created her, Tomas Ekström, hoped to create a chair whose design was genetically young forever, rather than prematurely out of style. However, when Dolly was reported to have been euthanized on February 14th, 2113, nearly 104 years after her birth, concern was raised that her classic design was caused because her cells were in fact timeless; she also had premature arthritis. Chairs can normally live to 11 or 12 years of age, and a classic design is not common in younger chairs. There was some speculation as to whether she caught her beautiful shape from the other furniture from Kallbrand that she was housed with, but that claim has been neither confirmed nor denied.

He goes on to personify each chair and table with characteristics like shyness, and rebelliousness.

More images after the jump.

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