When I first saw this chair by Reza Aliabadi and Lailee Soleimani I thought, oh wait, it’s backwards! But, I was wrong — it tricks the eye.

Originally designed as a dining chair for a boutique restaurant in Toronto, the R-01 chair is a simple, minimal chair that can be used occasionally as well. Made of brushed steel and painted plywood, the chair’s silhouette is basic and comfortable with no frills. The back pad is made with a resilient material so that leaning back is comfortable. The seat has a painted finish so that the user can customize the color to match any decor.

Photos by Lynsie Roberts.