Every time I visit my parents’ house — the home I grew up in — during the holidays, one of the first things I notice is new furniture. This isn’t to say that every time that I visit I find myself sitting on a new brown leather sofa or upholstered recliner (my parents do actually keep things around for a while), but I have noticed more and more new furniture in the house ever since my brother and I (aka the liabilities) left the nest.
This inevitably leads me to reflect on the transitory nature of home furnishings. Once a sofa, for example, gets too stained, too worn, or becomes out-of-vogue, it’s relegated to another part of the house, handed off to another family member, donated, or, ultimately, trashed. Depending on its quality, some furniture does stick around for a while, but a large amount of it is designed and built (cheaply) to be landfilled after just a couple of years of use.
Ronen Kadushin’s upholstered LYTA chair for German modular furniture maker Movisi is one piece of furniture specifically designed to last forever. And I mean forever. In fact, it is thoughtfully designed to serve its owner as they age: its lightweight design (33 pounds) makes it easy to lift and move around as its owner enters his golden years. It's also free of wood and other hard components so its owner needn't worry about injuries fomr bumping into or colliding with it. The LYTA's easy-to-transport nature also appeals to the younger, party-and-room-makeover-happy generation.
The environmentally sound LYTA consists of three parts: a 100 percent recyclable foam (ARPRO Expanded Polypropylene) frame and an easily removable cover and cushions that can be washed and/or replaced. The whole thing can also be steam-cleaned.
Looks-wise, the LYTA isn’t a showstopper, but that’s not really the point. The points, as Movisi says, are to: "Lift it. Handle it. Sit in it. Move it. Change it. Admire it. Clean it. Rearrange it. Recycle it."
Take a look at the LYTA and read more about it at the Movisi site. What do you think? Would you invest in a chair designed to withstand the ages? Or would you get bored with it and eventually replace the entire thing? I'm anxious to discover a similarly designed piece of furniture that's manufactured and sold a bit more close to home ... the LYTA is manufactured in Germany and looks to be only sold at European retailers.
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