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Anti Manspreading Chair Ticks the Box for Innovation

Humour is often overlooked when trying to tackle and raise awareness of social issues. That’s not an accusation you can level at British designer Laila Laurel. Laurel’s anti manspreading chair is a funny and clever take on how to deal with the ills of man-spreading.


In 1918, Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a life-sized sex doll of his former lover, Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler and then-wife of architect Walter Gropius). He dressed it in custom-made clothes and took it with him on trips, to cafés, and to the theater. He destroyed it publicly several years later, claiming it had “cured him of his passions." 

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