by Robin Sayers
“It wasn’t made to be comfortable,” admits Wroclaw-based engineer Oskar Zieta of his ingenious and award-winning Plopp stool. “But it’s more comfortable than it looks.” The must-be-seen-to-be-believed process (trust us—Google it) involves two incredibly thin (three-hundredths of an inch) sheets of laser-cut, welded steel that are inflated, balloon-like, with high-pressure “Polish air,” as he affectionately calls it. The result is a unique lightweight seating marvel—indentations occur spontaneously, so no two are alike. Astoundingly, it can hold two tons within seconds of expansion. “It could’ve been in Pumping Iron, because it has Muscle Beach style,” Zieta says of his inspired creation. “It’s durable—Schwarzenegger should give it a try!” Available in yellow, gray, black and white ($525 each) or with a stainless finish (shown, $725). A+R, 1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-392-9128, aplusrstore.com.