I heart my chair

Posted by: Jessi Hempel on May 17, 2007

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Check out this art project created by the Sense Network. Jeremy Brown runs Sense Worldwide, an innovation strategy and research firm out of London that curates a network of more than 1500 “sensers” or people around the world. Mostly, he relies on the sensers for commerical work - research projects in which they fill out workbooks, keep journals, get together for workshops, etc for clients like Nokia, MTV Networks and Reuters. Sensers are compensated generally. But beyond commercial work, one important reason why they remain in the network is a sense of community and curiosity. That’s fed by projects like “I heart my chair” in which Jeremy asked folks to send in their favorite chairs with descriptions for why. “Chairs are fundamental to any discussion of design,” he explains. “But they’re also really useful. People use them and love them.” So he asked folks to send in photos of their favorites and he compiled a book.

Want to buy it? You can't. The book was made for the love of the game. Sensers who contributed got their own copy, and Jeremy passed me one yesterday when he stopped by the office to show me some of his work. It's cool. Maybe it's because I've taken up biking again recently, here's my favorite:

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Reader Comments

Michael Orey

May 17, 2007 11:53 AM

What a great thing to focus on -- where one sits is certainly an integral aspect of one's life. My favorite chair is . . . my bed! Why? For starters, I can put my feet up. And then, from there, it's endlessly adjustable, thanks to multiple pillows. Finally, if what I'm reading doesn't quite keep my interest, it's easy to zzzzzzzzzzzz. Put that in your design pipe and smoke it.

Ashley Harness

May 17, 2007 12:07 PM

My favorite funky chair of the day: http://www.plushpod.com/item_48.php.

It's a Frank Gehry.

Emily

May 17, 2007 4:49 PM

Chairs are certainly important. I once became very attahced to a chair in the library of my undergraduate university. It was a nice old blonde wood chair, wide with perfectly shaped arms. I was so fond of this chair that I stole it after graduation. Yup, right out the turnstyles of the library at closing time. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit it in my car when I left that town a couple years later, so I had to give it away. I still miss her. It.

steve baker

May 21, 2007 3:35 PM

Michael, it's dangerous to smoke in bed!

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