Cut Chair Optical Illusion


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.

  • Wow. I want one!

    • ZL123

      Me too!

      But it does look stable, actually.

      [I]testing, testing[/I]

    • jazz

      Me Too!

    • Me too

    • alysha

      me too

  • Mr. MooCowSirPerson

    yeah… it’s really cool…

    Second comment :3

  • Jesica

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

  • Sergio Ramos

    yeah that would be a pretty awesome chair…

  • Care Bear

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

    • Penny

      OK lenco, whip me up 4 for next weekend ok?

  • Jan

    You spelt “chair” wrong.

  • cgimusic

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

  • superlike this concept…

    Infact I too need one of such a kind :)

  • Ajidicia

    soooo cool !

  • i would love to buy this.

  • Gabrielle

    Very clever

  • Jeannine

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

  • CheseeCake

    ME TOO!!

  • Tonatiuht

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

  • Sushi

    Thats freaking awesome

  • michael fuerst

    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

      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.

  • David Bethke

    A strong metal rod going through the one solid leg?

  • mike

    i dont get it

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  • Padma

    HAhaha mee to that is soo cool

  • Sarah-Jane

    i don’t get it :P

  • Good for monday pranks.

  • kayset

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

  • 007

    i dont understand how it works

  • yelsir

    I can make these chairs feel free to contact me

  • Rob

    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.)

  • Amanda

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

  • lencho

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

  • Penny

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

  • illusionfreak

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

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

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

  • kih

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

  • hassanfaraz

    i am the rechest boy of the pakistan

  • I made this illusion ….. 1953

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