Swedish furniture and product designer Ola Giertz created the Thread Bench, which looks like metal easily bent and twisted into the finished shape. In actuality, the bars of metal are manually bent by both cold and warm forging, a much more labor-intensive process.

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Inspired by a child’s playful outlook at the world, Giertz wanted an asymmetrical, “lighthearted style” to reflect that and asked the question, “Why does everything have to be so perfect and tidy looking?” The bench appears chaotic, opposite of most work found in furniture design, but still has a sense of playfulness.

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