Our own Hipstomp recently picked up on Etsy user ifsodoso's "Long Form Library," a fascinating combination bookcase / rocking chair that struck me as rather mollusk-like in its segmented form. Here's a couple other variations on this spiral / loop-de-loop shape for good measure:
Although the design dates back to 2007, "Loopita Bonita" is perfectly suited to the unforgiving heatwave that's currently pulling the sweat out of our skin here in the Northern quadrant of the USA. (There's also a "solid," indoor version.)
Meanwhile, I'm glad I managed to get a few snaps of Gabriella Asztalos' "Hug Chair" at ICFF. With the articulated cushions and brushed aluminum base, it captures a retro aesthetic within the "half-pipe" form. Apparently, Asztalos, who arrived in Barcelona via her native Budapest, was a ballet dancer before turning to furniture design.
Moreover, where the "Long Form Library" is intended to form an intimate space for contemplation, both "Loopita Bonita" and "Hug Chair" are explicitly designed to encourage social interaction... which leads us back to RIT Student Dan Kestler's cojoined chair, "The Union" (one of the Metaproject 01 finalists, also at ICFF):
And (lest the trolls pounce) it is, in fact, a slow news day.