A student has designed a chair that could change the way men spread when they sit – forever.
Laila Laurel, from the University of Brighton last year created a chair that stops “manspreading” and she’s even won an award for it.
The 23-year-old won the Belmond Award at New Designs in London after her design, called A Solution for Manspreading, won the top craft.
It’s a simple but ingenious design crafted in such a way that men have to sit with their legs closed, preventing that dreaded situation where they spread their legs wide and invade people’s personal space.
She made a second chair for women which encourages them to sit with their legs spread out.
Reacting to the prize, Laila said: “I am completely shocked but very happy and honoured to have won the Belmond Award - and I am looking forward to designing with them this year.”
Laila won a commissioned to create a product for the hotel and leisure company.
The 23-year-student was inspired by men “infringing” on her space in public.
It came both from my own experiences of men infringing on my space in public, and also from 'The Everyday Sexism Project', a website founded by Laura Bates in which women self-testify about sexism they experience.