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Cool chairs and gummy bears

German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is credited with saying, “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” I suppose that’s why there’s no end of chairs – perhaps surpassing all other furniture – that architects eventually draw and create solely for exhibitions. Some of the wildest inventions end up in museums or interior design showrooms. I love audacious furniture, but there’s nothing like a screwball chair that’s both wicked on the eye and easy on your sitting muscles.

Rockin’ the kitty

Photo by Paul Kweton

Photo by Paul Kweton

Houston architect Paul Kweton created the first rocking chair that’s the cat’s friend, rather than tail-trimmer. It’s looks industrial because it is: the pre-molded slats are screwed together.

I want the red ones!

Photo by Chair Blog

Photo by Chair Blog

Speaking of rockers, Boym Partners created this gummy bear rocker for an exhibit.  You know someone got to keep it!  It looks like it has excellent lumbar support, not to mention five fruity colors.

Cloud furniture

Photo by Ergonomic Office Furniture

Photo by Ergonomic Office Furniture

Your room need an instant facelift? Richard Hutton designed this nickel-plated, cast-aluminum chair that looks like a glass bubble. (Perhaps this is more of a looker, since I cannot vouch for its comfort.)

Logging zzzzzs

Photo by AK47

Photo by AK47

The Flex Chair is an elastic contour that conforms to the shape the owner creates by stuffing it with books, wood, blankets, and what-have-yous.

On squid row

Photo by I Wish I Had This

Photo by I Wish I Had This

The Octopus Chair by Spanish artist Máximo Riera is the first in his series of creature comforts that will include whales, beetles, lions and rhinos. There currently is NO room in my home for this chair, nor would it fit neatly into any of my basic remodeling ideas.

George Bernard Shaw wrote that youth is wasted on the young. The older I get, the more I believe it. I would be half the cranky mature citizen I am today if I had one of those cool kids beds on the market. When I was young, my brother Ted and I shared a bunk bed. Today, I favor a huge futon on a wood frame. But oh, these new beds for kids. My joints may calcify and my vision may blur, but nothing’s old about my imagination.

Making nights bearable

Photo by Furni-Ture

Photo by Furni-Ture

Who’s that sleeping in my bed? Me, of course. Bedroom furniture for kids is all about whimsy, while beds for grownups are all about back support. The last vestiges of playfulness and imagination for grown-up boys are reserved for game rooms.

The royal treatment

Photo by Suite Life Kids

Photo by Suite Life Kids

Your little girl may be initially enthralled by this Cinderella Carriage Bed furniture from Suite Life Kids. But she may grow out of it by the time you pay off the $4,795 they want for it. There are full-size and bunk bed options, too, according the retailer. As for my life with my brother in our bunk bed, we fought royally.

Blue-collar model, black-tie price

Photo by Kids Unique Beds

Photo by Kids Unique Beds

If your boy’s room is beginning to look like a dump, try one of these truck models, a steal at $1,999 from Kid’s Unique Beds. The company also makes beds in frames resembling fire trucks, classic railroad cars and more.

Hold the mayo

Photo by Hometone

Photo by Hometone

From the world of high-cholesterol furniture comes this burger bed, suitable for kids and grown-ups alike. (I’ll resist the temptation to say something about buns.)

Recent Comments

  • Kid's stuff:Bedroom furniture for dreamers

    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

    Best wishes, Alex.

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    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

  • Poor staging can crush your home sale

    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • To everyone, a room of one's own

    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

    Mine would certainly be like the car boot room in the first image :)

    Ben

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    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.