Watch a Regular Old Theater Chair Burst Into Bloom with Handmade Velvet Flowers

There is something so enchanting about a theater chair. Whether you’re going to a broadway play or your local movie house, the lush red velvet chairs are romantic, glamorous, and inviting, signaling that something special is about to happen. Of course, these functional pieces of furniture are usually a place where we sit to consume art; rarely do they become works of art themselves.

To flip the script, Lithuanian animator and artist Ged Sia created the Blooming Chair, a unique piece that turns a theater seat into a beautiful garden. Part animation, part handmade installation, the piece was created to promote the Vilnius International Film Festival.

With a standard theater chair as his base, Sia and team painstakingly handcrafted a variety of fabric flowers, buds, blooms, and leaves, carefully attaching each to the chair to create a layered garden.

Chair vegetation elements were constructed from plastic cut-outs and ready made objects. After covered in red fuzz with flocking technique to achieve velvet look.

Chair vegetation elements were constructed from plastic cut-outs and ready made objects. After covered in red fuzz with flocking technique to achieve velvet look. Photo by Sarune Zurba

Photo by Andrius Solominas

Photo by Andrius Solominas

Photo by Andrius Solominas

Photo by Andrius Solominas

Once properly sewn in, the buds were filmed “bursting” into bloom, turning the plain chair into a red velvet living organism.
Photo by Sarune Zurba

Photo by Sarune Zurba

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“I call it [the] velvet seduction experience. I’m thrilled by the surface of [a] red chair in a dark room. I come closer and touch it. It’s deep, red, gentle, and predacious [at the] same time. [The] chair starts to grow leaves; they spread and flourish. Chair blooms with bright velvet flowers. I lay down on it and sink deep inside,” Sia says.
Watch the 35-second video below, and learn more about how the project was made here.

[Via Lost at E Minor]
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