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We’re all familiar with the old ‘pull the chair out from under an unsuspecting friend or coworker’ trick. But what if said chair did the whole ‘pulling out from under the unsuspecting individual’ thing on its own? Such is the premise behind a new furniture collection from RISD students George Duan and Megan Lee.

Teeter and Tot are a pair of foam-covered wooden chairs built with springs that enable them to collapse when sat on. While the designers explain the chair’s function as a way to induce deep play (a type of play where a person encounters risky or life-threatening experiences to develop survival skills and get over fear), it might be easier to deduce that any office that purchases them for their common area simply doesn’t like its employees—or at least, appreciates a good joke at their expense.

To arrive at their finished design, the designers began by modifying existing stools with different springs and spring placements. Once they found the right amount of imbalance to create the desired effect, they decided to create two stools (Teeter being the bigger stool and Tot being the smaller one) at different heights to provide two different levels of a wet-your-pants experience.

With the spring density complete, testing different foam prototypes was the next step. The legs themselves are made from plywood fin structures and filled with polyurethane foam to make them lightweight and easy to carry. Finally, the devious stool legs are set atop the chair before covering the entire unit in foam. A base layer initially covers the framework followed by a microfiber layer.

Learn more about the design process over at the Teeter Tot Collection on Behance.


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