Michigan-based designer Susan Qiu is exploring the frontier of minimal furniture design with work that features unexpected materials and natural inspirations. Maybe you wouldn’t pay attention to the furniture but it’s very functional and kind of fun – just have a look. You may think that this piece is a defective rug, but it’s essentially a rug on the floor that elevates at the center to function as a backrest. The form defines dual spaces for both conversation and self retreat. Different tones used on two sides of the ridge signify the adret and ubac of the mountain. There are also some foam pieces in the collection – this material is comfortable but seldom considered a decoration. Qiu showed its decorative functions making these items.