I have always been a huge fan of the Beuchet chair illusion. Created by psychologist Jean Beuchet in the 1960s, this wonderful illusion is used all over the world to make people appear to be tiny.
There is, however, one small problem from a practical perspective. The illusion involves building a large chair back and seat, and a carefully crafted chair base. When I was working on items for the Quirkology exhibition I wondered whether it might be possible to create a much simpler, and more portable, version of the illusion.
After endless trial and error I realised that the same effect could be created with a small cut out of a chair and a piece of cloth!
Here is my chair in action and a reveal showing the size of the chair. It took a huge amount of time to create just the right shape of chair, but the illusion works well, can be made for just a few pounds, and is ultra-portable.
And here I am using the illusion whilst being interviewed about the exhibition on STV news…
I have used it several times and if you want to re-create the piece for a project, feel free to get in touch!