Thin Man Bench by Atelier Van Lieshout

Thin Man Bench by Atelier Van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout created this “Thin Man” bench as a commissioned work for Design Miami 2011.┬áThe bench is in the form of an emaciated figure crawling across the floor. An area for sitting on his back allows for functionality and also makes a social statement. Designboom writes:

By using design as a cultural barometer, Van Lieshout taps into the consciousness of humanitarian circumstances, by not only empowering aesthetic form and social commentary, but also by serving a purpose as functional pieces.

Van Lieshout has been using the human form in their furniture for years. If the prospect of sitting on this sculpture kicks you into a frenzy of guilt and privilege, there is a dominatrix in Williamsburg, Brooklyn who will use you for a bench in a public park. I wonder if she takes Paypal?