Monday, October 18, 2004


The Netsurfer is one of those weird chairs that have been combined with a PC to make a surfing station. Although the practicality of these is questionable, I find myself oddly drawn to them in a slavering, geeky sort of way. Especially the Netsurfer, because it's built on the foundation of a funky rocking chair I happen like called the Chip.

chip. shot.
First let's deal with Chip, described thusly: "Like a surfboard, Chip works with the body and can be used in different positions. By adjusting balance with small body movements, the sitter quickly finds the most comfortable position." And it looks cool too. The judges award high marks all around.

chip. away.
Now that Chip is out of the way, let's tackle the ensemble of PC + Chip = Netsurfer, described as: "Abandoning the conventional combination of chair and desk, the Netsurfer rethinks our relationship to the computer and our surfing requirements. The semi-reclining position with the screen at eye level is designed to be comfortable for long periods. Pillows support the neck and lower back, arms and legs are supported on adjustable arm and footrests."

potato. chip.
So basically adding a computer to Chip is cool, but all it's really good for is making you -- well, not a couch potato but let's call it a Web chair potato. Because surfing is all you can do with this thing. No reading a book (unless it's an e-book on your computer). No watching TV (unless your computer has a TV tuner). (Hey, wait, maybe this isn't as impractical as I first thought. Once your computer does everything, you'll only need one piece of furniture...the chair in front of the computer! This Netsurfer thing is ahead of its time.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahead of... 1999?

alas, both Teppo Asikainen and seems to have left the web. current info for both on Funfurde would be a lovely thing. the Soundwave is rather cool too.

soundwave at arhitonic. use google image cache on for more.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That chair was used in The End of Violence (1997). Bill Pullman sits in it in his backyard overlooking the Pacific ocean.

10:13 PM  
Blogger 101001 said...

Yeah, but where do I get one?

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed. I too would lilke to know where to acquire one of these tasty minimalist morsels

2:32 PM  
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8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this chair and want to sell it, but I don't know how much worth it is. Can anybody tell me?

12:13 AM  

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