'DRM' Chair By Swiss Student Group, Les Sugus, Self-Destructs After Eight Uses (VIDEO)

03/13/2013 03:38 pm ET | Updated Mar 14, 2013

We totally understand the frustration involved when your creative work is copied without your permission. But some may say using technology to limit the number of times you can use the design (similarly practiced with software) goes too far. Mocking this concept, a group of Swiss students from the ECAL design school created the "DRM" chair (an acronym for digital rights management), which is designed to fall apart after eight "sits."

The wooden chair's joints are made from wax and wire, and after the last person sits in the chair, a mechanism is triggered, heating the wax so the furniture collapses. The designers, who belong to a group called Les Sugus, developed this curious piece and documented it in the above film within a 48-hour-timespan for a design competition called The Deconstructionist. Wired reported that Thibault Brevet, a member of the team, explained, "The number of uses was set to eight, so everyone [on the team] could sit down and enjoy a single time on the chair." Clearly, this chair may not be a sound investment, but it's definitely a conversation piece.

H/T to PSFK for bringing this to our attention.

Watch the video above, then click through the slideshow below of other extreme chairs we wish we had.

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