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My brother went to college up at CSU Stanislaus. He stayed in one of their dorms. The dorm came furnished. And among the furnishings, there was a chair. It was a wooden chair with no moving parts, but it was engineered to lean back to a certain angle and stop there, supporting your weight as surely as when the chair's upright.

I want this chair.

And I'm here to tell you, there is no combination of words capable of making a search engine provide info as to where one can obtain such a thing.


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Dec. 3rd, 2001 04:28 am (UTC)
I've seen such a chair...
Or at least, something like it. They have them at Ikea.

POÄNG Chair:

Would that be what you're looking for?
Dec. 4th, 2001 01:43 am (UTC)
To be clear, this chair did not bend in any way. It was perfectly rigid, and the entirety of it leaned back as though about to tip over, but was designed to stop at a predetermined angle.
Dec. 7th, 2001 08:29 am (UTC)
Re: Nope.
Yes... all the universities are familiar with this generic chair... They ALL have them....
Dec. 7th, 2001 12:13 pm (UTC)
Here's what I was able to gather from your response:
  1. You've personally visited every university on the planet, or at least interviewed them regarding the furniture provided in their on-campus housing.

  2. Despite the fact that millions of college students spend two or more years of their lives using the same style of chair, there's no demand for it in the private sector.

    That last one further leads us to one of two conclusions:
    1. Today's college student is willing to put up with uncomfortable furniture because tuition and housing are so darn affordable.
    2. College graduates aren't the major marketing demographic everyone makes them out to be. Particularly when it comes to furnishing the home and office.
        ...though, maybe both are true. I'm not ruling out any possibilities.

  3. CalArts, with their metal-and-plastic chairs, is not a university.

And here's the information I wasn't able to get out of your response:
  1. Where can I buy such a chair?

  2. How much does it cost?

  3. What search criteria will bring me closer to these answers?
I suppose there's all manner of other question not answered there (the entire range of human philosophy, for example), but they're not worth commenting on, because the scope of this conversation isn't nearly that wide.

Outside of that, though:
Hey, Jas.
Good to see you writing in again.
Dec. 7th, 2001 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
As a matter of fact - yes, I did interview all the students from the universities, and then wrote a play about it, didn't you see it performed at VC? Oh, no, wait, they dropped that one in favor of a "local" play.

I can probably get that information for you on purchasing a chair... I personally hate them. Sure, the tipping is nice, but the padding is horrible, I've had to buy a cushion (also to raise the height).

Search for "generic university chair" :}

I hope to resume my contact with all of those I left behind... What the hell, I'll include you too :}
Dec. 7th, 2001 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
Ya know what... That particular chair may be one of those "University" special order items. You know, like large corporations have contracts to get a particular product made specifically for them... That's probably what it is...

I did find a "modern" version of the chair, almost, but not quite (plus it's not made of wood)

I'm still checking for the chair, however... If I don't find it, I'll take the one out of my room... see how much they charge for it... if you REALLLLLY want one. Hehe
Dec. 7th, 2001 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
Some progress... I found the licensee list for USC... There's an entry for "rocking chair" and other chairs...


S. Bent & Bros.
85 Winter Street
Gardner, MA 01440

Armchairs, Side Chairs, Rocking Chairs, Swivel Chairs, Lamp

That might be it!
Dec. 13th, 2001 04:02 pm (UTC)
i have just the chair you are looking for. in fact, i have two! i will gladly trade you.

- celine

ps. !

Dec. 14th, 2001 12:08 pm (UTC)
Very cool. Where'd you get 'em, if you don't mind my asking?

What might you be looking for in trade? Not my current chair, I hope.
(For your sake! You gotta figure, when a person starts looking for furniture, there's probably something wrong with what they're currently using)

So, that would be the first detail to work out. After that would be transport/shipping - I don't know where you're located, but an in-person handoff might be impractical.
Dec. 14th, 2001 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: intriguing
from a magical far off land known as the "dormitory study room". i have two in my room, actually, but i would imagine i would be charged for them if i moved out at the end of the year and took the chairs with me. they are good chairs, i guess. i tend to rock over my toe a lot. it hurts. also, they are no good for standing on. but chairs were made for sitting!

um, as far as a trade, i have no idea! i actually don't need anything - if you wanted to pay for shipping, that would be cool! i live in arkansas. you probably don't. so, yeah, the in-person thing might be kind of tough.

anyway. i'm all for ripping off the university! so it honestly wouldn't bother me at all to send it. the only problem is that i'm leaving tomorrow for the holidays and won't be back until early january. so! yeah.

okay bye.

- celine
May. 20th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
fascinating, I am searching for what has to be the same chair. They have them in a dorm room at Univerity of Windsor.
The youngest of my three sons is especially hard on chairs - always leaning back. Once I sat in that chair I knew it was the answer. I'm gonna follow up some of the clues in your comments
May. 20th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)
Re: chair
Let me know if you find anything.

I just e-mailed CSU Stanislaus' housing department to ask. I must have tried this before, but maybe I'll get better results this time.
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