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Chair and bookshelf: together at last (a mite awkwardly)

Posted by Christopher Shea  May 25, 2010 01:43 PM

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This blog has an interest in literary matters as well as design and architecture. So one might assume that "Storyboard," a project by the L.A.-based designer Tim Durfee that seeks to unite the best aspects of a reading chair and a well-stocked bookshelf, would be right up Brainiac's alley. Yet we raise an eyebrow.

According to Geoff Manaugh, of Bldgblog, Storyboard amounts to "a book-storage unit and chair built from a geometrically simple combination of reclaimed pine boards and a 40'-long nylon strap."

"Similar to the old style of carrying books with a strap," Durfee, the designer, writes, "this object can be host to a personal library."

Further, Manaugh adds that "multiple "Storyboards" variously arranged in different spatial combinations would also result in some interesting room designs." Interesting, indeed. But where is the room that could house multiple Storyboards efficiently or attractively? And that seat evokes memories of park see-saws, not comfy library chairs. Meanwhile, a few cranky older commentators say they'd expect to get back spasms bending down to look for books.
"Storyboard" is on display for the next few weeks at the L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

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