Wednesday, October 27, 2004

kick. table.

Sometimes I like things that I see but I'm not sure why. Take the Kick Table by Toshiyuki Kita. It's basically just an oddly shaped end table on wheels that comes in some pretty bright colors and adjusts up and down. That's about all I have to say about it, other than: I want one. But not for the $500 they seem to go for. Ouch!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must you complain about the price on every item you post?

10:51 AM  
Blogger Funfurde said...

That's a good question! From my point of view, I don't think about it as complaining but rather looking at the value of something. How is the design? How is the functionality? And, yes, how is the price? And while I find the designs are often fantastic and the functionality can be innovative, the price on a lot of this stuff seems disproportionately high, and I think it's worth pointing out.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Yorch said...

I think he has the right to complain or rant what he wants, is his site, and I agree with him, although they are very cute, they are extremely expensive!. if they become popular, you'll see them at Walmart at $29.99 :P

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, but I don't visit this site to see items from Walmart :P Target maybe, but not Walmart. The truth is the majority of the wares from high design retailers (see Retail links on the right) are high ticket items. I expect this. I already know that for example; "Design Within Reach" does NOT actually mean it's in MY reach ;) I don't need to be constantly reminded of this. Since the majority of these items are usually high priced, it may make more sense to tag items as "Affordable" or "Reasonable" when they appear. Perhaps even a scale such as "$ = Low $$ = Moderate $$$ = High." Just a suggestion from one of your humble readers. Take it for what it's worth.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Mike Thorn said...

I like that idea. Although I'm one of the ones that complains about the price every time I comment, it would give it a price-at-a-glance quality. Though with short posts like these, it's already more of a 'glance' than a 'read' (which is fine, I like the short, well-written, often humorous descriptions).

But I'm with FunFurde. When you're looking at a table like this one that is obviously made of minimalistic parts which are probably not titanium or 24k gold plated, it's worth complaining about the price. If Mr. Toshiyuki Kita comes waltzing this way with his pockets stuffed with $100 bills and sees a bunch of people saying how ridiculous they think the price is, maybe he'll give it some thought. On the other hand, if all he sees is a bunch of dollar signs (which is permanently burned on his retina already anyway), it really doesn't make any impression on him and the price stays at $500. Which is completely ridiculous if I do say so myself. ;)

Some items are worth the price one would pay. For example, the bed that was just recently posted or the cloud. Both of those are unique items that probably cost a bit more to produce and probably had a lot of thought put into them. They're cutting-edge designs; they're worth more. This table, however (I must admit here that I don't particularly like it, so this will be flavoured that direction), is exactly what the description says: "just an oddly shaped end table on wheels that comes in some pretty bright colors and adjusts up and down". Whee. For this, I would say it would be a justifiable and reasonable thing to complain about the price (if y'all like them so much I'll build you one for a quarter of the price and ship it free).

I guess I'm just saying that for certain items that deserve scathing critique, let them have it. The price is as much an integral part of the unit as the paint job. If the price is high, then critique it. It's something worth talking about.

If people would talk about the price like they talk about the colors, then maybe "Design Within Reach" would be renamed to "Design Within Your Reach!" :)

3:56 AM  
Blogger Alredhead said...

Sounds like "Anonymous" is a bit sensitive. I can't think of a time when I read FunFurDe's comment on price and not agreed. He makes a valid point, some of the furniture is just more expensive then it should be. And someone else made a valid point, it is *his* blog. In short, if you don't like it...just don't read that part. Or get over it.

I enjoy your blog and look forward to the wacky, interesting, and beautiful put on the site.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Ana Bozicevic-Bowling said...

It doesn't annoy me at all when FFD complains about the price - too often people are in awe of 'high design' and think it's tasteless to question the price. While good design takes talent and time, the prices are often indeed outrageous compared to the probable production cost, and there's no harm in pointing this out. E.g. a lot of 50's designers who originally envisioned simple pieces affordable to all, that are now beyond many a person's reach.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Feng Qin said...

Yes, mostly, all of us, would look the price first before buy it. No matter how its pretty good in functuality or so fantastic it is..

7:47 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

When I first saw this table it reminded me of the tables found in a doctor's office. A quick search on google, and I discovered they are called instrument tables or Mayo stands. A good reprensentation of these tables can be found at

12:37 PM  
Blogger Ngakaari said...

I agree that is expensive for something that hasn't got exactly many features and isn't made of gold.
I also think Anonymous is just moaning because they want attention.

5:10 AM  

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