Monthly Archives: March 2013

Funky Furniture Friday

Funky Furniture Friday

March 22, 2013

TGIF!

Another week comes to an end, and as all you regular readers know, we like to do something a little “different” to close out the week on a lighter note.

Pictured below are some funky furniture  designs that I thought were just “different” enough to be noteworthy.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Posture Promoting School Furniture

Posture Promoting School Furniture

March 20, 2013

Many of the posts on this blog center around the idea of furniture as an art form or novelty piece. And while there may be nothing a true furniture connoisseur enjoys more than a novel concept or design, I’m sure even the most enthusiastic amongst us would agree that the real priority in every furniture design should be the improved comfort and lifestyle of the person in question. Especially when it comes to the future furniture enthusiasts of the world, and indeed the very future of our world in general, our children.

In today’s post I would like to take a moment to salute the work of the Perch Company, an inventive design house that has received international recognition for their work in health positive school furniture design. Their commitment to the improvement of the health and quality of life for our children in schools across the world is both obvious and heartwarming.

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Furniture with a Glitch!

Furniture with a Glitch!

March 18, 2013

When I was (much) younger, I went through a stage where I was convinced that all the world was some sort of conspiratorial combination of holographic image or hallucination, and that if I were to leave one room and walk into the next, then the room I had just left would completely disappear and anything or anyone who happened to be inside would cease to exist.

I call it the the Truman Show effect.

I think we may all, at one point or another, go through a stage where we wonder if our entire existence might not just be the product of some elaborate hoax, as some ethereal figure manipulates the world around us to fool us into thinking that we are interacting with a world that in truth is really just an endless treadmill surrounded by holographic projectors.

Hey, don’t look at me like that! I was just a kid…

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Madison Seating Featured Product: Think Chair by Steelcase

Madison Seating Featured Product: Think Chair by Steelcase

March 13, 2013

While there may be plenty of chairs out there that are sleek, comfortable, ergonomic and stylish, there is only one high-end office chair that will make you “Think”.

Introducing the Think Chair by renowned furniture manufacturer Steelcase.

Flexors on the back and seat track your every movement and shape to provide optimal support for every area of your back and seat shape. The flexible seat edge relieves pressure on the back of your legs whenever you recline or lean forward. Everything about the Think chair, from the Profile seat and back Flexors, to the flexible front seat edge and the incredibly adjustable arms, all combine to make the Think Chair one of the most intuitive chairs on the market.

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Know Your Furniture: The Rolltop Desk

Know Your Furniture: The Rolltop Desk

March 12, 2013

Though perhaps not as obscure as some of the other furniture pieces discussed in this series, I chose the rolltop desk for today’s Know Your Furniture segment because to me, the ingenuity of the design was never given the full appreciation or exposure it deserved. Practical, clever and way ahead of it’s time, the rolltop was the mainstay of small business offices at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.

The  rolltop desk is a 19th century reworking of the pedestal desk with, in addition, a series of stacked compartments, shelves, drawers and nooks in front of the user. The compartments and the desktop surface of a roll top desk can be covered by means of a tambour consisting of linked wooden slats that roll or slide through slots in the raised sides of the desk. In that, it is a descendant in function, and partly in form, of the cylinder desk of the 18th century. It is a relative of the tambour desk whose slats retract horizontally rather than vertically.

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More Madison Seating Mega Clearance Deals!

More Madison Seating Mega Clearance Deals!

March 11, 2013

As promised in past posts, this here blogger is keeping a very close and watchful eye on the Madison Seating Clearance section so as to never miss a new deal and to seize every opportunity to pass these deals on to you, our loyal readers.

Ever since it’s recent launch, the Clearance section has afforded the folks here at Madison Seating the opportunity to offer some of our top quality items at incredibly discounted prices!

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Defenestration, The Art of Falling Furniture

Defenestration, The Art of Falling Furniture

March 06, 2013

I will be the first to admit that there have been some rather unorthodox furniture concepts discussed on this blog in the past, but today’s post is perhaps the strangest and most unorthodox of all.

Here at Madison Seating we are intrigued by all things furniture related, and appreciate different furniture concepts and designs both for their functionality and the occasional element of art and abstract design. But even we will admit that, while the subject of this blog post may have been around for a while (since 1997 to be exact) , it still remains by far and away one of the most unique and “different” interpretations of furniture we’ve ever seen.

The work itself, entitled “Defenestration”, which literally means “to throw out of a window”, is a site-specific work of art located at the corner of Sixth and Howard Streets in San Francisco in an abandoned four-story tenement building. And in the words of its creator artist Brian Goggin “the site is part of a neighborhood that historically has faced economic challenges and has often endured the stigma of skid row status. Reflecting the harsh experience of many members of the community, the furniture is of the streets, cast-off and unappreciated. The simple, unpretentious beauty and humanity of these downtrodden objects is reawakened through the action of the piece. The act of “throwing out” becomes an uplifting gesture of release, inviting reflection on the spirit of the people we live with, the objects we encounter, and the places in which we live.”

Take a look…

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Madison Mythbusters: Debunking the Many Myths of Modern Furniture

Madison Mythbusters: Debunking the Many Myths of Modern Furniture

March 05, 2013

Modern furniture has come a long way these past few years. With a constant influx of  new concepts and unique designs, the modern furniture options are growing steadily by the day. And yet, there remain some unfortunate myths and misconceptions surrounding the modernistic style that might still be holding some people back.

MYTH #1: Modern Furniture is too Ostentatious.
For the longest time, modern furniture was viewed by many as being just a little too pretentious and extravagant, expensive and loud. And while this may be true of some modernistic pieces, I think you would be surprised at some of the functionality-first, sensibly stylish designs that are out there today. Convenience and comfort are it’s first priorities, with the aesthetics being more of an added bonus.

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The Froc Chair. The Chair that will Grow with your Child!

The Froc Chair. The Chair that will Grow with your Child!

March 04, 2013

Buying furniture, especially a chair or high chair for your toddler can sometimes be a frustrating process. They grow up so fast, don’t they! It seems they outgrow everything so quickly, requiring you to continually buy more, slightly larger versions of the same piece of furniture. Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy just a single high chair, and actually have that chair grow with your child from toddler-hood until as late as 10 or 12 years old?

That’s where the Froc comes in.

Designed by Slovenian outfit Gigodesign, the Froc high chair can be adjusted and modified to be usable for all kids from ages 6 months to 10 years.

The Froc has three adjustable sections: the seat, the footrest and the backrest. It starts out as a regular high chair for toddlers, complete with a high footrest and a wraparound protective belt. As the years pass, you can remove the belt, as well as adjust the chair and footrest heights. When your child’s big enough, just remove the armrests and footrests, lower the chair to its minimum height, and use it like a regular seating furniture.

Weight support is handled by a solid leg with four extensions for stability, ensuring the chair keeps its balance even when your child leans over and makes sudden movements. It’s easy to assemble, too, requiring just a few minutes to put together from a fully disassembled mode.

Take a look…

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Madison Seating Featured Product: Vinnie Office Chair by Eurostyle

Madison Seating Featured Product: Vinnie Office Chair by Eurostyle

March 01, 2013

The Vinnie Office Chair by Eurostyle is another perfect example of the unbelievable deals available at the Madison Seating Mega Clearance page, as this particular deal offers one of the signature office chairs of today at a ridiculous 45% off MSRP!

The Vinnie Chair represents the future of modern conference chair design with its futuristic styling and progressive seating concept.

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