By Hannah Laws
DavidHughLtd presents the chair of the century. Primarily brought to life by Dr David Wickett’s PhD research in floatation theory, the futuristic looking Elysium Chair spawns undeniable relaxation by combining perfect balance through a full range of reclination and frictionless movement, creating a sense of infinite weightlessness – much like a Tempur mattress. The structural curvature of the chair expertly moulds to the shape of your back, enabling you to essentially lay down like you would in a bed, fitting perfectly inside this comfortable curve. And not only does Elysium provide excellent support, but it regulates pressure relief.
A key factor of the Elysium chair’s construction is its frictionless aspect as it prevents the chair from ‘chugging’ into a stop-start motion, supplying effortlessly smooth movement, making it feel as though you are lying on a cloud. In short, it’s fused with the position and form of a Corbusier (maybe even a chaise lounge), moves like a recliner, and feels like a memory foam mattress.
But what emerges from all these qualities? Well, with Dr Wickett’s 10 year research project finally coming to full fruition in 2016 thanks to advanced scientific engineering and extra special craftsmanship, the result is a remarkable chair with plenty of character, fantastic free motion, horizontal perfection and ‘floatating’ fulfillment, along with a subtle, yet incredibly powerful form of relaxation.
Elysium Chair Tried and Tested
To put the chair through its paces, the Art of Float Centre (AOF) in Cambridge carried out a six week trial to investigate the ways in which Elysium affects the brain. According to the head of the trial, Jamie Allison, floatation theory is ‘exploding onto the wellness scene’.
“In the United States alone there are 180 float centres,” he says. “Our clients float for a wide variety of reasons, from pain management and alleviation of stress to improving creative thought and problem solving. The obvious limitation with floating is the need to climb into a float tank, with showers before and after, and all the maintenance to go with.”
One of the most significant benefits of Elysium, adds Allison, is no float tank. Instead, users simply sit down in this futuristic chair without having to get wet.
Not only does Elysium provide strengthening support, but it eases pains much more efficiently than a float tank. It can even enhance a user’s audio experience thanks to its frictionless abilities, making it so silent that by cancelling out all bar one of the senses, it isolates the audio sense, heightening the extent of hearing.
The price tag? This revolutionary floatating chair will set you back a cool £20,000.
Contributor Hannah Laws is a freelance writer based in Kent.