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.

Creation process of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman ›

Accord­ing to a lot of my friends I’m a suck­er for great design and since I’d love to add one of these chairs to my flat I’m pret­ty sure they may have a point. Sad­ly I’m unlike­ly to be able to get one in the near future so I have to set­tle with look­ing at the crafts­man­ship behind it. The crafts­man­ship that makes this piece of fur­ni­ture a design clas­sic because it’s the care and atten­tion in he pro­duc­tion that makes the design come to life.