I know, I know, I promised when I started Acrylo that I would be more positive with it; showcasing good design instead of just ripping on the ever-abundant bad. This chair actually makes me angry. Like, physically, I want to hurt whoever thought this was a good idea.
Sorry, that’s a wee bit too harsh. I’m not at all a violent person. Still. It’s just. Ugh.
Okay, so. It comes in Birch plywood, Walnut or “dark matt [sic] varnish” and weighs a solid 160 kgs (~350 lbs) which, on the positive side, does effectively prevent theft. Though honestly, I’m not sure who would want to steal this beast.
Dimensionally, I’ve been to skateparks with smaller half pipes. The spec sheet has “186,5 x 115,5 x H:103cm” and in copying that, I just noticed the site is table based. Entirely unrelated to the chair itself, that’s just poor web design.
Space. I laughed at the unofficial description:
In this modern era, the rat race has made people so busy that they don’t even have time for themselves. For everybody is searching for peace and stability in their lives. To have a fresh and healthy body, we need proper place and time for meditation and relaxation. Unfortunately, in this competitive world sparing time from your hectic schedule is not an easy task. Addressing the issue, Swiss designer Luckily Claudio D’amore has created a comfy chair called “Kosha” that looks like a wooden cave providing a secluded place for relaxation.
It’s so ironic. The statement is saying that everybody is searching for peace and this chair will help you find it. Really! Sign me up.
If your life has degraded so far that you truly believe that, you need more than a new chair.
I do believe we need a meditative space. Truly, I agree with the statement itself. I also believe (because I do it every day) that this space can be completely free. Which brings me to it’s next flaw:
It’s $41 500. Just think about that number. Do you know what else you can buy for the same price? a 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD A-spec. Or, if you want something bigger, how about a 2007 BMW 4.8i X5? And the chair doesn’t have financing options. You could buy an older Corvette or Lotus or a Nissan 370z. Like. Seriously. You’re buying a chaise lounge. You could buy ten Eames Lounges or Corbu LC4s (five of each is still one in every colour). You could buy a 370z AND have money left over for both an Eames and a LC4.
I mentioned it in the last statement. If you have that much in your reading chair budget, there are lots of great alternatives. If you just need to throw away cash, buy either of the chairs mentioned above and donate it to me, I’ll gladly accept it as repayment for my saving you from the worst purchase in your life.
I know I’m preaching to the choir, since the people who would like this chair are not the people reading this column, but the examples are abundant. It’s not specifically this chair, it’s the philosophy. So often we can achieve the same function with less stuff, and that’s good design. Call it minimalism, call it whatever, but the fact is, the above is an example of design gluttony. Excessivism. Unnecessarism. I’m not sure if those are real things already or not. If not, I’m coining them.
Don’t be wasteful. This is a waste. Of money, of resources, of time spent constructing it, of the ships burdened by the sheer size and mass of it. It might be a real problem, but I think it’s one of culture and this certainly doesn’t solve it. If anything, it probably contributes to it.
It’s harder to be good than original. This is original, it is not good.
Via a Core77 tweet about Designbuzz, the latter of which I’ve lost a lot of respect for.