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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.

 
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Chairs made from carpet pad, plastic, metal and, of course wood. Chairs exhibited next to Dyson vacuum cleaners and beside royal desks.

 
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Chairs you could never fall asleep in and chairs that make you never want to get up.

 
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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.

 

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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?