Designer Song Seung-Yong re-invents the chair with his Objet-O Chair, which comes complete with an oversize lampshade and a light to create privacy in an increasingly “un-private” world.

Traditional Korean paper is used for the lampshade, but it is unclear how effective that would be at keeping out noise and the unwanted attention of your fellow human beings, especially as populations continue to increase and move to the cities. Finding a quiet place is increasingly difficult in urban environments so Seung-Yong’s chair might come in useful, particularly in busy offices.

“This is not a study of shape and function system, but a process of study which can draw out the communication between objects and human beings,” explains the artist. “I have memories that I made a den somewhere in my house as a child. My own secret space at the moment which was comfortable and protected, better than a huge mansion…”