This Week's Entry: List of Chairs
What It's About: You may not give much thought to the humble chair, but someone out there has, compiling a list of over 130 types of chair. Designs range from the Watchman's Chair, built with a forward slant so the watchman in question doesn't fall asleep; to the Fighting Chair (less exciting than it sounds), used by fisherman for extra leverage against a strong catch; to the Poofbag Chair, a foam-filled beanbag chair and a missed opportunity for whichever Arrested Development writer feeds Tobias his lines.
Strangest Fact: Ikea once sold an inflatable chair upholstered with fabric. It didn't last.
Controversy: Wiki user Toyokuni3 says of the barrel chair, "i doubt very seriously that the furniture in this image is 'restored'. it's almost certainly reproductions."
Thing We Were Happiest To Learn: There's such a thing as a "Friendship Bench," described as "a place in a school playground where a child can go when he or she wants someone to talk to." Sadly, no such bench existed when we were in school.
Thing We Were Unhappiest To Learn: The ice cream chair is not made of ice cream, but is in fact a chair with a heart-shaped back used in ice cream parlors.
Also noteworthy: Frank Gehry came to prominence with his design of the "wiggle chair," one piece out of a set of mostly-cardboard furniture called "Easy Edges" the architect designed in the early 1970s.
Best link to elsewhere on Wikipedia: The only links are to pages for particular chairs. One worthwhile one is the 10 Downing Street Guard Chairs, which is not a type of chair, but two actual chairs. In the 1800s, the seat of power in Britain was guarded by two men sitting in Chippendale leather chairs. Each chair had a drawer underneath full of hot coals to keep the guards warm while on duty.
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