Thursday, November 11, 2004


The I-lean is a very strange concept. It's a piece of furniture that you ... lean against. Even in the world of funky furniture, that's a pretty specialized product.

i. deal.
The ideal spots for the I-lean are, so we're told, "areas where social interaction is constant and people linger." But I just can't see myself easily conversing or lingering with someone standing, er, leaning, against this. Even the guys in the product shot don't look like they're very comfortable. (And where is that guy going to put his drink, huh?) But I give designer Daniel Harper points for trying something new!

i. cost. $1,200.
An I-Lean will run you $1,200, and more ideal uses for it, we're further told, are: bars, lounges, coffee houses, for teachers, rest areas, bus stops, loft style spaces, and impromptu gatherings. (Okay, seriously, impromptu gatherings? Like I just happened to have my I-Lean with me when a bunch of people spontaneously show up for...oh, never mind. I-done.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmm seems to me like a waste of money. just that.

1:25 AM  
Blogger ladygoat said...

Maybe it would good for women wearing short skirts that they're worried about riding up when they sit down, or people wearing jeans so tight they can't sit?

5:32 AM  
Blogger Tim Cuthbertson said...

You gotta stand on a little pedastal thing to lean on one of these? That's probably the most ridiculous part...

5:57 AM  
Blogger gina said...

It looks like one of those contraptions you see at the gym for doing leg lifts. Weird!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Ngakaari said...

That guy ( who looks a bit drunk ) leaning against it in the picture looks as though he's about to topple over with it!.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Feng Qin said...

Hmm... It's seem like make us more lazy while standing there. Don't you think so? Yes, it just waste our money to buy it.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Nacktschwimmer said...

silly for the proposed scenarios. but in the following scenarios a simmilar item might work:
phone booths during long conversations: instead of leaning against the machine, hanging on the cord or on the phone books, breaking parts of the booth in the process, this leaner could channel the lazy body movement against something robust.

waiting queues in public administrations hallways: the leaners take up less space than regular seats. also they obstruct escape routes less than seats.

and everything without this ankle-breaking podest.

4:19 PM  
Blogger veronica said...

At the risk of sounding crude, I thought it looked like the kind of thing a guy would lean his back against while his partner... ummm... I can't, I just can't type this at work, guys. ;)

11:31 AM  
Blogger Evan Jones said...

It seems to me that these are just derived from the leaning devices used backstage for actors and singers waiting to go on stage. Maybe the theatre people have a special name for them. Sitting down in costume isn’t always possible, and it’s a lot more relaxing to lean than to stand. The purpose of them, to my way of thinking, should be non-socially interactive. People should step out of the way into one, as an alterative to just going home.

5:37 PM  

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