My favorite piece of furniture is this Danish reclining chair. I merely love it for it’s comfort level as I fully realize that it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing chair. It’s like a chair that had every intention of being fashionable and then half way through it’s making said, “Screw it! People actually have to sit on me!” So, quite thankfully, visibly awkward gears were added in order to make it lay flat, becoming a somewhat homely, yet perfectly fabulous companion for napping. The problem with truly beautiful chairs is that they never seem to conform to the laziest poses a human body can form. I see a beautiful chair and think I want it, but once I’m sitting in it, it feels more like I’ve been transported to a rather strict boarding school, where one is forced to sit insanely upright while guarded by nuns.
Philippe hates the look of this chair, and wasn’t shy about saying so when we met. But he has been known to be caught napping in it on many occasions because it’s so insanely comfortable. It’s a chair that was strategically engineered by sloths who truly understand the meaning of relaxation. I’ve no idea how sloths managed to take time from their busy sleeping schedule in order to create furniture, but I’m super happy they did. I do wish that it was a little less clunky and there had been a more strategic way to hide the magic of the reclining function, but I forget all about this once I’m sitting in it each time. I just lay back and let the chair take me to someplace less stressful. Though guests are rare in our house, when we do have them, they too enjoy the wonderful feeling this chair can bring, while simlutaneously judging us for our questionable design choices.
The best thing about furniture like this is that it’s not meant to be a display piece. It’s meant to be used and enjoyed by actual humans who crave comfort. When I’m visiting people’s houses with furniture that looks like it’s been ripped from the pages of some upscale magazine, I feel bad they don’t have a chair like this. Surely, I think, there must be one hiding in the garage, that they bring out after all the guests have left for the evening. Life is too short to spend any moment of it uncomfortable. We should be surrounding ourselves with only the things that make us happy, not the things we think will please others. The world is perfectly insane these days, so for me, I’m happy to quietly remove myself from all of it by spending a little wondrous time in my favorite chair.
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M. Graham Watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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