from the take a seat website: take a seat is an ongoing series of public furniture installations aimed at increasing the availability of seating options in new york city subway stations. perfectly functional chairs are rescued from trash piles and reassigned to stations where limited seating options leave subway patrons no choice but to stand for extended periods of time.
take a seat creates value simply by relocating an object to a new location. rescued chairs – once liabilities – become assets with little to no effort.
seating solutions installed for take a seat are not affixed to mta property in any way, opening up opportunities for collaboration with subway patrons who, if they take the initiative, may continue the project by installing the chairs in other locations that could benefit from more seating options.
why? more than 5 million riders pass through the new york city subway system every day, sometimes waiting as long as an hour or more for their trains. unfortunately, benches intended for waiting passengers are sparse and inadequate, leaving many riders standing. according to nyc mta’s founders, “the subway should be an inviting and pleasant environment, geared to the user, with the highest levels of design and materials.” i agree! what is more pleasant than sitting while waiting for your train?
brooklyn-based designers carlos salgado and bart bettencourt have created a beautiful, cutting-edge line of furniture by collecting wood scraps from various lumber mills, and recycling those scraps (which would otherwise be headed for landfill) into their stunning minimalist pieces. at this point, the scrapile line includes tables, benches, stool, shelving, crates and lamps, all made out of their signature striated material.
i honestly think i just love it.
the bamboo spring chair designed by anthony marschak. the chair is a single sinuous ribbon of 100 percent laminated bamboo.
took a paul rand book off the shelf this week. another designer was using the IBM logo for a poster concept at work this week. it got me thinking about the amazing longevity and iconic status marks such as this have achieved. many from rand himself.
it’s been a while since i’ve flipped through the pages of rand’s work, the striped spine of one of his books stares at me from the book shelf and begs me to pick it up now and again.
take a moment and wade through his work online. whether you are a designer or not, whether you’ve seen it a hundred times or never, it is a pure joy.
these are strange, wonderful, timely and delicious at the same time. i haven’t posted any food here yet, so i figured this could be the time. these things won a cupcake decorating championship. what have your cupcakes done?
james victore is hawking these dishes. i love his work. it is so simple, yet so powerful/humorous/raw each and every time. i look forward to the day that i have enough clout to scrawl on a plate and sell it for 200 dollars.
we just ordered our new dining room chairs from modernica. they are one of the only manufacturers still producing the classic eames molded side shell in fiber glass as the originals were made. after flip-flopping on a number of the color options, we decided on the natural. it is beautifully simple, pearlescent and semi-transparent all at the same time. It plays quite nicely with our newly upgraded dining room table, which is now heavy black metal and glass. we bought the original metal (steel?) frame with a less than desirable veneer table top 2 years ago at the goodwill, so i removed the top and bought a 1/2” piece of polished glass to replace it. this very important purchase was made much simpler by the amazing duo at inside modern who let us take home a couple different chairs to make sure they worked with the table and space (they were absolutely amazing—they would have let us take home every chair in the store if we wanted to).
you are all invited over for dinner to sit in them and celebrate. this new furniture fetish of mine is going to get me in trouble, i can already sense it.
simple, sexy and extremely effective packaging.