Caveat Sittor (Sitter Beware) is a warning to be wary of where one chooses to sit. This chair has a sharp tack placed in the center of the seat, giving pause to those who are in need of a place to rest.
In this case, the warning is a false one as the tack is nothing more than a mirage. This visual trickery is created using a pair of parabolic mirrors and a tack, all of which are hidden within the seat of the chair. The simple, pedestal-like aesthetic of the chair acts as a stage for, and brings focus to, the deception of the tack mirage.
The chair, itself a blank slate, has a trap door underneath that allows customization of the illusory object, providing an opportunity to customize the experience. Depending on the subject of the mirage, the chair can elicit a variety of emotions, ranging from surprise, to fear, or even repulsion.
Co-created with Maria Lalli.
↑ This tack is a mirage. If you try to touch it, your finger will pass right through. The actual tack is nestled safely inside the chair.
↑ Caveat Sittor was part of a juried exhibition based on the theme of Deceptive Design.
↑ Early concept sketches exploring assembly and form.
↑ There were numerous discussions surrounding "How does it work?"
↑ A pair of curious patrons investigates our illusion.