Designer turns Mini into Ultimate Chair
IT’s a Mini marvel!
Designer David Gawthorpe has created the ultimate boys’ toy out of one of the best-known classic motors.
His entertainment chair is made to look like the front end of a black Mini Cooper.
But when you lift the bonnet, it is fitted with all kinds of luxury gadgets and even dispenses chilled beer.
From the comfort of your own living room, you can recreate the heart-stopping scenes from The Italian Job on a rocky road simulator.
The chair is even fitted with strobe and laser lights, stereo sound, a games console and smoke machine.
Alloy wheels become two extra seats as well as sound amplifiers, while it also sports a high gloss black finish and polished chrome parts.
David, from Lower Hopton, near Dewsbury, has just sold his invention to a London entrepreneur after taking part in a reality TV show.
It is now set to go on sale in the entrepreneur’s shop in Pimlico, with an expected price tag of £8,000.
The idea for the chair began when David made a body kit for a Mini Cooper.
The 37-year-old said: “It was a bit over-the-top for the owners of the car. I had changed the concept too much.”
The project was mothballed while David returned to work as a car body repairer in Cleckheaton.
But he resurrected his idea two years ago and turned it into a piece of furniture.
It was a hit on Four Doors, a new Thames TV show which sees buyers make bids for new and innovative products.
Each inventor can open four doors to hear the bids – but once they have stepped fully into the room, they can’t change their minds.
David took his offer after just two rooms, from a businessman who deals in unusual furniture items.
David said: “It’s got the lot, and it represents two years of work. I’ll be hanging up my spray gun to do the chair on a commercial basis.”
The chair has been put together from various products, with an amplifier manufacturer making a bespoke sound system for it.
There is currently only one chair in existence – the prototype – but David plans to get another one together soon.
The first-ever Mini Cooper was engineered by race car constructor John Cooper and hit the streets in 1961.
The famous car took triple Monte Carlo Rally wins between 1964 and 1967.