Woman wins design award for anti-manspread chair

This woman has answered your call to put a stop to manspreading.

We have all experienced the dreaded manspread. Whether it's on the train, or waiting at the doctors, there's that familiar nudge of a man's knee on your leg as you sit there minding your own business. 

Well, sit in annoyed silence no longer with this woman's ingenious design. Laila Laurel, a 3D Design & Craft graduate from the University of Brighton, has produced an impressive answer to this common problem with a simple design adjustment to the humble chair. 

Laila labelled her creation "A Solution for Manspreading" and even created an accompanying piece: a chair for women which encourages women to take up more space by featuring a small piece of wood in the centre of the seat. 



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While the final-year student says that her project wasn't meant to be taken too seriously, she tells The Independent that her designs do give a "physicality to an issue women face in quite a fun, yet literal way."

Apart from sparking global interest, Laila's designs also won the Belond Award for emerging talent. The judging panel for this award described Laila's chair as "a bold, purpose-driven design that explores the important role of design in informing space, a person's behaviour and society issues of today."

It's a piece of cutting edge design, art and a societal statement all rolled into one - can't wait to see what Laila comes up with next. 

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Posted by Hugh11Report
I made an account on here specifically to comment on how much of a stupid idea this is.
She should make a chair that forces women to have their handbag on their laps next.. because that also takes up space. :)