A chair’s many faces
Even lightweight, well-designed chairs are inconvenient—because they are only designed for sitting in, and that is the very least of the things that happens to a chair. Most chairs are so little sat in that they could never justify themselves economically on that score.
Not only are they bought to be looked at as cult-objects, but they are also used for propping doors open or—in French farce—shut. They are used by cats, dogs, and small children for sleeping in; by adults as shoe-rests for polishing or lace-tying. They are used as stands for Karrikots and baby baths; as saw horses; as work benches for domestic trades as diverse as pea-shelling and wool winding; and as clothes hangers. If upholstered and sprung, they can be used for trampoline practice; if hard, as bongo drums. They are persistently employed as stepladders for fruit-picking, hedge-clipping, changing lamp bulbs and dusting cornices…
The more a chair is well-designed for sitting in, the less use it is the other 95 percent of the time…If rational inquiry were to prevail, it would show that chairs are simply detached units of a commonwealth of horizontal surfaces on which any number of objects, including the human fundament, can be parked.