This Chair Was Made for You and Me
With summer officially here, my thoughts immediately turn to portable seating solutions. Irrespective of season my seating preferences lean towards the plastic/resin, brightly color and foldable in nature. I also favor armless chairs, because while this is not my personal experience, I realize chairs with arms provide a host of accessibility issues and also, I don’t find them as aesthetically pleasing.
- Who knew heaven could be had for $13.99! The NISSE in hot pink clearly speaks my interior design language and is the front runner for “The Chair of Summer 2010”. I am counting down the days until I will have enough free time to convince someone else to drive a couple of hours to Ikea and pick one up for me.
- The Herman chair is such a thing of bargain beauty. With its clean, noble lines and bright colors! I own two in yellow, scored for the price of one. I find them wildly uncomfortable for extended periods of time, but considering my feelings on comfy chairs, the Herman is quite perfect for me:
Similar to Erika Lopez, I like tracing the genesis of big bad societal things to their comfy chair origins. I love the concept of “comfy chairs as harbingers of societal doom”. Lopez (Ms. E, forgive me for mangling your quote) wrote something along the lines, “This sort of thing was different back before our chairs got so goddamn comfortable.” Obviously, it’s not simply a matter of comfy chairs, but the way they awaken a desire for everything to be comfortable, which creates desire for more efficiency, so in turn we’ll be more comfortable. All that efficiency and comfort descend into madness when the powerful decide there will need to be government organizations and paperwork to keep things real comfortable and efficient. In addition dystopian societies should feature extremely bland color schemes to prevent distracting emotions such as free will.
- Ikea’s Urban chair is a less than satisfying knockoff – forty bucks for a plastic chair – for those of us adhering to the unofficial motto of DTPW: cheap, fast and out of control! Still this is a really comfy chair. It’s not as portable as I’d like, given that it does not fold, but it does come in light blue, and if I happen to spot one on Craigslist or perched atop a broken washing machine by the side of the road, I’ll be sure to cart it home ASAP.