English tea company Lipton celebrated the 100-year anniversary of their presence in Japan by hosting a tea party that recreated the Mad Hatterâ€™s tea party from Alice in Wonderland. Created by the Japanese design group, Nendo, the cafÃ© plays with an observerâ€™s perception to make it appear as if all of the chairs are the same size, though some are almost too small to sit upon, and some are so large that your feet cannot touch the floor. In the designerâ€™s own words:
â€œWe radically distorted the size of the long table and rows of chairs to heighten the roomâ€™s sense of receding depth, and did the same thing with the silhouettes of characters from the novel used as the pattern for the wallpaper. These details let us create a space that felt long and narrow, as though it was pulling in visitors. The scale of the installation changed just like Alice after eating the cake. We shrank some of the chairs so that visitors could barely squeeze into them, and enlarged others until visitorsâ€™ feet couldnâ€™t touch the groundâ€.
[Via: Sensory Impact]