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How a Single Cylinder Becomes a Chair or a Table

Armenian-American designer Ara Thorose has an interesting way of creating furniture. “I approach design as a game. What’s the most efficient way for a cylinder to become a chair?” he proses. As it turns out, he’ll end up using his own body to create his latest furniture collection, BOYD Works. Using the width of his thigh as the basis for the cylinders, he has created a physical abstraction of his self as the basis for the collection. Even the name itself, BOYD, is a reordering of the word ‘body’ that loses its original meaning while still retaining an essence of ‘body’ness. Each object is hand made using a variety of materials, including latex, PVC rubber, polyurethane foam, fabric, glass, and neoprene. The sinuous, minimalist forms look like sculptures in an art gallery before you realize their true functional purpose.

green and black cylinder chair

NUN Chairs

green and black cylinder chair

NUN Chairs

green cylinder chair

NUN Chair

green cylinder chair

NUN Chair

green cylinder chair

NUN Chair

cylinder ottoman stool

UN Ottoman/Stool

cylinder ottoman stool

UN Ottoman/Stool

cylinder ottoman stool

UN Ottoman/Stool

cylinder chair

4M Chair

cylinder chair

4M Chair

cylinder chairs

4M Chairs

cylinder chairs

4M Chairs

black cylinder table

ULU XT1 Table

black cylinder table

ULU XT1 Table

cylinder table

ULU XT1 Table

black cylinder table

ULU XT1 Table

black cylinder table

ULU XT1 Table

Photos by Se Yoon Park.

As the Lifestyle editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She's probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at vytranyang.com.