These quirky chairs subtly yet irreverently disrupt the conventions around how chairs should be, all alike in a matching set. Their sweet variations are like the differences in family members — same DNA, different expression.

I also like this as an illustration of how a design can exemplify aesthetics of joy without most of the conventional elements: color, curvilinearity, energetic gestures, etc. There is not just one aesthetic of joy, but many different ones, all held together by a certain spirit that transcends barriers and expectations, and a deep, rediscoverable pleasure.

Family Chairs by Lina Nordqvist, available this week at MoMA

NYT: “Turning the Table on Chairs”

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