Every so often I get shown something in the world of design that confirms that P.T. Barnum was right. There really is a sucker born every minute.
In this case, the sucker would be whomever decides to fork out a whopping $6,592 (no, seriously.) for this:
From the retromodern site:
“This fabulous stainless steel chair allows you – the user – to ultimately determine the resulting aesthetic by literally banging and hitting the form into the shape you desire. #50 in the edition is currently in stock for immediate delivery.”
Oh I’m sure it is available for immediate delivery. Because first of all, you can buy a steel cube and a 20lb sledgehammer for a hell of a lot less than 6500 bucks. And second of all, if “the user” ultimately decides on the resulting aesthetic, shouldn’t the manufacturer be paying them? That means *they’re* designing the chair, not the person who laughed their ass off after they came up with the notion “I wonder if we could actually sucker people into this one….”
And not for nothing, but I can design a more interesting chair from parts I buy at the Container Store. Just sayin.
I also notice this design came out in 2000 and they still have some of the “limited edition” pieces remaining.
Somehow, I am not surprised.