Some people faint at the sight of blood, others are fascinated by it — and it’s safe to assume that Korean designer Hyun-Gi Kim falls into the latter category. The Red Series 001, a chair that literally has blood running through its veins, was inspired by the artist’s own visual experience of blood. In the form of this controversial piece of furniture, he explores concepts of vitality, circulation and the birth of life. “There is metaphorical meaning in this work. There must be a lot of blood in order for this creature to live a life,” says Kim.
The chair has two adjoining seats, connected by a mass of vein-like tubes that allow the blood to circulate from one end to the other. And just a piece of information that will reassure you: the blood is fake. See it in action in the video below.
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