I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

One of my favourite chairs

The weath­er in Chel­ten­ham the last few days has been glor­i­ous, it has a big effect on my men­tal health when the sun shines and I can have the big doors of my liv­ing room open to let the sum­mer air in to my flat. It can also have a neg­at­ive effect though, with the sun shin­ing so brightly see stuff that I’ve not cleaned for a while and it makes me want to fix that.
This after­noon the sun caught one of my chairs in such a way that it showed up so much dirt I was hor­ri­fied. I undid the cov­er to check if it had wash­ing instruc­tions, it did, and promptly put it in the wash­ing machine. While that was in the wash I gave the frame a bit of a scrub as well, it’s get­ting a little worse for wear and could do with some more atten­tion but it’s not in bad condition.
It got me think­ing about how old the chair is. I’ve had it for some­where in the region of 15 to 20 years, so it’s no sur­prise the frame is a bit rough in places. The chair is an IKEA Poäng and if I’ve had it that long it got me won­der­ing how long IKEA have been selling it for. Turns out, accord­ing to this Fast.co art­icle, the design of the chair is over 40 years old. I guess you could call it a bit of a design clas­sic. The frame of the ver­sion I have is a little dif­fer­ent to the ones you buy today, but the design is essen­tially the same, and it’s kind of com­fort­ing to know that time­less design pieces are still being pro­duced and loved by mil­lions around the world. It’s also nice to know, that in a world of throwaway products, some rel­at­ively inex­pens­ive things can last a long time. The age of my chair is noth­ing com­pared to the one that the founder of IKEA has.

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