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The Cloud House: three chairs combined into a work of art

The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing
The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing
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The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing
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The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing
The Cloud House as a rocking chair, with the curved edges providing relaxing comfort
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The Cloud House as a rocking chair, with the curved edges providing relaxing comfort
The Cloud House as an armchair, in this instance accommodating two people
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The Cloud House as an armchair, in this instance accommodating two people
The Cloud House as a chair-bed, immediately after repositioning
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The Cloud House as a chair-bed, immediately after repositioning
With no people occupying it The Cloud House becomes a striking wooden sculpture
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With no people occupying it The Cloud House becomes a striking wooden sculpture
The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing
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The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing

Most of us don't live in houses large enough to accommodate standing sculptures, however much we may be taken by them. But creating a work of art that is also a piece of multi-functional furniture means more people could justify having such a piece in their homes. Paris-based Chinese designer Yuan Yuan has made such a union between art and function possible with The Cloud House.

The Cloud House is a sculpture made from "a combination of solid wood and plywood" that can be transformed into three different types of chair—"a rocking chair, a chair-bed and an armchair"—depending on which way it's positioned. The images of the piece suggest it's relatively easy to maneuver the piece into a new position to suit the owner's needs at any given moment, though doing so would clearly require considerable space.

The idea for the piece comes from Yuan Yuan's childhood dreams of playing in the clouds, and she states that "the plurality of forms inspire [within] me a sense of freedom." The Cloud House further offers "a semi-open and comfortable space for relaxation" which "adapts and changes according to positions." The choice of woods used give it "strength and flexibility, while also expressing elegance and lightness."

With no people occupying it The Cloud House becomes a striking wooden sculpture
With no people occupying it The Cloud House becomes a striking wooden sculpture

The Cloud House looks to be a one-off at the moment, with no indication of pricing or availability for those who may be so taken with the piece they want one in their own house or garden. Which is a shame, as this blurs the line between art and furniture in a very successful fashion.

Source: Yuan Yuan via NOTCOT

3 comments
socalboomer
needs to be released as plans. Looks like a fun weekend project to build!
worf2
covered by the sheets of history: http://mosaikum.org/images/wohnrad.gif alles wird gut architects vienna, about 1999 i guess.
August
A cloud house, that is nice, you can rock yourself to sleep in it.
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