This from Robert Krulwich at NPR: Meat-Eating Furniture : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR.
The frame for this story? Theatre. According to Krulwich, “They say their furniture is just a newfangled version of all those nature shows on television that show animals hunting in the wild. Having a clock on your wall that ‘hunts’ flies is a kind of theater.” At least that’s how the designers describe it.
“A fly buzzing around the window” says Auger, “suddenly becomes an actor in a live game of life, as the viewer half wills it towards the robot and half hopes for it to escape.”‘
According to Krulwich, no one likes this. I’d like to say that I don’t like it either. But I do. I really, really do.