Jae Rhim Lee is most well known for her Infinity Burial Project—a brilliant mix of mycology, environmental sustainability, and economic critique of the US funeral industry. It’s one of my favorite projects, and one I point young designers to all the time: an example of design work where the spokes of meaning are deeply layered and multiple.
But I got intrigued by these earlier, simple furniture designs of Lee’s when poking through her web site recently. They’re meditations on sleep, minimalist articulations of posture, explorations of negative space, and oddly beguiling:
More at her Zone Zero Zero studio site. See also Also Dodge’s Sleep Talker and the urban sleep suit.