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The art installation you’re about to see was designed by Peter Bristol, a lead product designer at Seattle-based product development consultancy Carbon Design Group. As author described it in his own words, “The Cut Chair” provides a stable place to sit, but creates an optical illusion that tells you otherwise. It usually takes few moments before people conclude how this trick works, yet the solution is pretty straight-forward. A plate concealed by a thick carpet allows a robust cantilevered seat. Three well placed leg “stumps” and the chair looks as though it has just been magically sliced apart. Peter is currently looking for a partner that would like to have the Cut Chair made for installation or production.

Cut Chair Optical Illusion
Cut Chair Optical Illusion
Cut Chair Optical Illusion
Cut Chair Optical Illusion


41 Responses
  1. Mr. MooCowSirPerson says:

    yeah… it’s really cool…

    Second comment :3

  2. Jesica says:

    I don’t know if you noticed but you spelled, “Cut Chari” as the title. Other than that, this is an awesome chair.

  3. Sergio Ramos says:

    yeah that would be a pretty awesome chair…

  4. Care Bear says:

    It’s the way most of my chairs look, but only after I stand on them.

  5. Jan says:

    You spelt “chair” wrong.

  6. cgimusic says:

    This isn’t much of an illusion. The chair is exactly how it looks and the way it works is fairly obvious.

  7. sai nikhil says:

    superlike this concept…

    Infact I too need one of such a kind :)

  8. Ajidicia says:

    soooo cool !

  9. i would love to buy this.

  10. Gabrielle says:

    Very clever

  11. Jeannine says:

    I wouldn’t mind having one of these – very cool!

  12. CheseeCake says:

    ME TOO!!

  13. Tonatiuht says:

    I think it steel be insegure, because i don´t it can hold a lot of weight

  14. Sushi says:

    Thats freaking awesome

  15. michael fuerst says:

    At first glance, I assumed the legs of the chair were painted to create the illusion, which of course be visible from limited angles

    • kstormgemini says:

      I figured that too. Not sure it would be terribly stable even bolted down as it is. You’d be counting on that one leg for everything and if you didn’t get the bolt in Just.Right. it would break the leg and still tip over.

  16. David Bethke says:

    A strong metal rod going through the one solid leg?

  17. mike says:

    i dont get it

  18. ramiro says:


  19. Padma says:

    HAhaha mee to that is soo cool

  20. Sarah-Jane says:

    i don’t get it :P

  21. Good for monday pranks.

  22. kayset says:

    i didn’t get it, can someone explain this illusion?

  23. 007 says:

    i dont understand how it works

  24. yelsir says:

    I can make these chairs feel free to contact me

  25. Rob says:

    It’s cool, but not that original.

    This is exactly the same premise as the holy man levitating in mid-air, holding nothing but a staff. In fact, the holy man is arguably way cooler.

    Very old magician’s trick. (Hundreds of years old, I think.)

  26. Amanda says:

    OH so the one leg on the ground is the only one holding it up? Haha i get it now.

  27. lencho says:

    Without saying to much, a person with the knowledge and skills could make one in less than an hour. Great idea.

  28. Penny says:

    lencho-could you whip me up, say 4, by Wednesday? Just saying.

  29. illusionfreak says:

    The secret is the pole at the bottom is stick right. So it makes so freaky.

  30. mac cleanup says:

    I’d bought such furniture: tables, bed, chairs with a such effect )

  31. Amazing. So simple and can be so confusing in our mind…

  32. kih says:

    this is the fourth one i’ve seen twice :P

  33. hassanfaraz says:

    i am the rechest boy of the pakistan

  34. I made this illusion ….. 1953

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