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.
“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.