The Symbiotic Objects collection are designed to encourage users to rethink the relationship they have with the objects that surround them.
Guan sees the project as a reaction against today’s consumer culture. His intention was to dissuade people from seeing everyday objects “simply as tools and slaves”, because this means they are less likely to worry about disposing of them after use.
As designers, we should use design to lead, and tell people to think more about the daily objects around them, not just throw them away” he told Dezeen. “It has a huge effect in achieving a sustainable world.
Guan’s desk and chair both only have two legs. But they also have leather-covered metal supports that allow them top attach to a person – for the table, these hook over the shoulders, while for the chair they sit over a lap.
According to the designer, these attachments encourage better posture.
The accompanying lamp is worn like a hat, with its helmet-shaped base slipping over the head. It only lights up once attached to a person.