Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What makes a chair a chair??

Kat and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC a few days ago and wound up in a trance-like state wandering through the "Decorative Arts" section of the museum. There we began encountering chairs of every race, color and creed.
Chairs made from carpet pad, plastic, metal and, of course wood. Chairs exhibited next to Dyson vacuum cleaners and beside royal desks.
Chairs you could never fall asleep in and chairs that make you never want to get up.
Chairs that are one-of-a-kind and chairs that are mass-produced by the millions. 

Statistics maintain the average person spends 423 minutes per day (slightly over 7 hours) sitting (this does NOT include sleeping). Comfort hasn't always been a priority; in fact in "Home: A Short History of an Idea" Witold Rybczynski points out that, not just the word "comfort" but,  the very concept of comfort didn't evolve until the 18th century.  

So the question might be posed not as "what's in your wallet" but rather, "what's under your wallet." What do you spend your 7 hours a day perched upon? 

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