There's nothing quite as comfortable as wearing a sweater knit by a grandparent, right? That's why Nike started using digital knitting machines to create its colourful Flyknit sneakers back in 2012, and why IKEA has now adopted the same technology to create a pair of chairs designed to pamper your posterior.
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Sitting in the captain's chair on the bridge of the USS Enterprise must certainly give you a feeling of power and authority. But comfort? Captain Kirk's Starfleet throne never actually looked that comfortable, which is why we'd prefer boldly going where no one has gone before in this bean bag captain's chair instead.
Stop and think about how many hours you spend sitting in an office chair hunched over a computer. Don't you think your butt deserves to be cradled in something more luxurious than whatever was on sale at Officeworks? The Elysium chair isn't cheap, but it's brilliantly engineered to make you never want to get up again.
Mother Teresa? Gandhi? It doesn't matter how nice or upstanding a human being you might be, the second you plunk yourself down in a chair made from the remains of a Boeing 737's massive jet engine, you'll immediately be mistaken for a comic book-calibre supervillain. Whether or not that's a bad thing is up to you.
Centuries ago, man's biggest struggle was survival. Today, it's finding a way to keep our smartphones charged until bedtime. But instead of having to hunt for an available power outlet, Nathalie Teugels has designed a comfy chair that converts your fidgets and nervous energy into usable electricity.
Pope Francis is hip to social media and cares about the environment. His new cool Popemobile is a convertible Hyundai. But the throne that the poor pope has to sit in while he's in Manhattan is freaking design blasphemy. It's so ugly, it's ungodly. How in heaven's name did we get into this mess?
Did it really take this long for a product designer to connect the dots between a spherical bean bag chair and the spherical Death Star? Why haven't Death Star bean bag chairs existed since The Empire Strikes Back when the Lucasfilm marketing machine was in full swing?
Can you watch an episode of television that just follows the multiple day process of making a chair from wood without any music? Without any commentary? As part of BBC Four Goes Slow series, we see just that. It's beautiful, ASMR-tingling, and so soothing to see tree trunks get chopped, wood being sawed down, and the quiet still soundtrack of the furniture being put together.
Even if you've opted to spend a weekend car camping instead of truly roughing it with nothing but a pack on your back, you still don't want to pack too much stuff. So in lieu of a couple of awkward folding lawn chairs for cosying up next to the fire, Therm-A-Rest has created the Treo chair which folds up into a pod as small as a thermos.
It's often said the world isn't fair, and nowhere is that more obvious than when you're sprawled out on a lounger trying to soak up a little sun, and it won't stop moving across the afternoon sky. You can write all the angry letters to Neil deGrasse Tyson you want, but the only solution to the problem (besides getting up and moving) is this $US45,000 lounge chair from Remmus that automatically rotates so you're always getting a full blast of sun.
It's not exactly going to disrupt the furniture industry as we know it, but designer Christian Sjöström might be onto something with this unique flexible chair inspired by saddles that facilitates several different seating positions. If it's good enough for a cowboy, it has to be good enough for a desk jockey, right?