Laila Laurel, from Norwich, won a major award for the seat which is crafted so that men sit with their legs closed.
She said the “concept” chair was inspired by her experiences of men “infringing on my space in public”.
But since the award, she said: “I have received a lot of explicit messages from men who seem to be under the impression that I hate all men.”
The University of Brighton student said this “couldn’t be further from the truth frankly”.
She also made a second chair intended for women which encourages sitters to push their legs apart.
“I don’t take myself too seriously, because for I really want my work to be both important and thought provoking, whilst also being engaging and funny.
“I think humour is a really interesting tool in order to tackle social issues.”