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?