The Camera Chair by Chris Burden, proposed in 2001, sought to merge the realms of furniture and photography through four distinct and inventive designs. The central premise was to craft a functional piece of furniture that doubled as a camera capable of capturing wide-angle photographs.
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Burden’s first concept for Camera Chair involved embedding small fixed lenses into the chair's seat and back, connected to a digital camera. These lenses would collaboratively create composite digital images, akin to the multifaceted eyes of bees.
The second design featured a curved glass pane that served both as a large lens and the chair's seat, with film storage beneath.
The third design envisioned a chair made from glass or translucent plastic, with the chair's back and seat functioning as the camera's lens, while the camera moved along a track, capturing panoramic photographs.
The fourth design, hailed as the most elegant, reimagined the chair itself as the camera, encased in a sleek exterior housing all the necessary camera components.
Despite the innovation and creative vision behind Camera Chair, practical and financial challenges prevented its realization.