21 Dec
David Lee's interactive ‘Continual Chair’

In the age of Craigslist and eBay, when I hear the terms “interactive” and “past, present, and future users” associated with a chair, I immediately think it’s creative advertising for a used piece of junk. That was before I was introduced to David Lee’s interactive Continual Chair. Lee’s vision is to transform this ‘common object into the site of physical dialogue’ for its users. The chair has no established form, and is unique to each user’s interpretation. It’s constructed with a grid of 123 tubes that can be pushed down to any height. Call me old fashioned, but when I come home at the end of the day I prefer to recline comfortably on my furniture, as opposed to playing Jenga with it. Eventually the chair flattens out, but flipping it over will start the game all over. At least I’m warned that the chair will inevitably flatten out. That’s one step ahead of Ikea’s surprising collapsible bed.

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