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Four legs good, two legs bad

- 27 Jul 2008 -
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In a recent thread, I noticed that a Jens Risom chair was likened to an animal twice ("lame dog", "three-legged dog"). Do we all anthropomorphize when looking at chairs?

When I bought my first modern chairs-- a set of Paul McCobb dining chairs with iron frames and molded plywood backrests-- I couldn't help but see them as delicate, horned, gazelle-like creatures. This was long before I'd heard of animal-named chairs such as the "Ox", "Swan", "Grasshopper", "Papa Bear", "Ant", etc. I'm sure that the designers of these chairs came up with the names after reflecting upon their finished designs, not the other way around.

Four-legged, armless chairs often read as animals to me. Armchairs usually look human-- the Norman Cherner chair, for instance, looks like a huffy female, with her hands on her hips. The Papa Bear chair looks like a bosomy matron aunt, demanding a hug. Pedestal chairs tend to look like birds or plants.

I suppose I'm stating the obvious, yet I've never heard it spoken about (which naturally means that I get to have this important phenomenon named after me-- guaranteed immortality, at last!)

Do any of you see specific fauna or flora in chair designs? If so, name them.





- 27 Jul 2008

Eames La Chaise in white brings to mind a bicuspid (fancy word for tooth). I don't think I "get" this chair. Are you supposed to sit in it or lay across it?

- 27 Jul 2008

Riki - Both sitting and layin...
Riki - Both sitting and laying across are functions of this chair.

I totally get the chair as animal thought tendency. I have always looked at the DCM as some kind of four legged animal from behind - with it's shock mounts as eyes.

- 27 Jul 2008

that's good.

I also like Riki's dental image of the Eames "sculpture" -- I guess that was lurking below the surface for me, too.

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