Designer Maarten De Celaer borrowed from science in creating his Mutation Series, whose pieces resemble cell transformations "that have germinated into upholstered mutations because of a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it's a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale." The pieces are made by composing patterns with parts of foam spheres that are applied to basic structures. Then the pieces are coated with a rubber or velvet-like finish.
De Celaer's series is featured at this year's Milan Design Week.