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The Real Good Chair Experiment
January 8, 2010 6:08 PM   Subscribe

The Real Good Chair Experiment - What happens if you leave 25 chairs around New York and watch to see where they go? The short film then continues with an interview with a few of the people who brought them home.
posted by flatluigi (27 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Or here.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:11 PM on January 8, 2010


The corpse in the library is so going to love this.
posted by zinfandel at 6:12 PM on January 8, 2010


This is really good, even for Pepsi Chair. I've gotten a great many things off the sidewalk here in Atlanta - a tradition I was taught by my quasi new yorker dad.
posted by strixus at 6:20 PM on January 8, 2010


Starbucks Chairs Prank
posted by christopherious at 6:22 PM on January 8, 2010


Er, so the bedbug problem is pretty much eradicated?
posted by crapmatic at 6:41 PM on January 8, 2010


Marketing!
posted by fixedgear at 6:42 PM on January 8, 2010


Wasn't there a sci-fi novel where dadaist punks broke into peoples homes and gave them really nice makeovers?
posted by shothotbot at 6:45 PM on January 8, 2010



Wasn't there a sci-fi novel where dadaist punks broke into peoples homes and gave them really nice makeovers?


I sure hope so.
posted by cmoj at 6:48 PM on January 8, 2010


There was a comicbook miniseries called The Enigma where a group of supervillians broke into peoples' homes and rearranged the furniture in such a way that it caused one of the occupants to snap and murder the rest of the family.
posted by rifflesby at 7:04 PM on January 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


So my question is, why did most of them end up being hip, intelligent, well-dressed? Can you really just throw a rock in New York and guarantee you'll hit one of these people? Not being snarky, I've just never been to New York, and the media tells me it's the center of the world.
posted by naju at 7:08 PM on January 8, 2010


I'm not sure I'm Alright with the fake voiceover on all the interviews.
posted by floam at 7:15 PM on January 8, 2010


Also, why did these go to only not-poor creative types?
posted by floam at 7:16 PM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh. According to the NYTimes article posted earlier, the locations of the chairs were tweeted, so the kind of person that follows the twitter feed of a design/furniture company were out looking for them.
posted by floam at 7:19 PM on January 8, 2010 [5 favorites]


why did most of them end up being hip, intelligent, well-dressed

Twitter notices were posted to announce where the chairs were going. That's the target market, after all.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:20 PM on January 8, 2010


Seconding Naju's comment. Airy, spacious well-lit living spaces, just like on TV! Also what Floam said -- but the voice kind of irked me from the beginning, too much gravitas for a little takin'-home-a-discarded-chair documentary. But the bit about the chair being in "dappled sunlight" killed me.
posted by user92371 at 7:20 PM on January 8, 2010


Shit, that's a $130 chair. If that was pre-tweeted, and I lived in NYC, I'd totally have gone and hunted for one. (I like them, but not that much money's worth.)

Also, I'm sitting on a curb-cycled chair *right now*.
posted by cobaltnine at 7:24 PM on January 8, 2010


Nice idea and chairs, but the video is too cute by like 250%. The editing, the voice overs, etc., were quite unbearable.
posted by signal at 7:31 PM on January 8, 2010


Pepsi chair.
posted by availablelight at 7:40 PM on January 8, 2010


I didn't care for the look of the chair at all, but I'd love to get one of those squirrel cameras.
posted by marsha56 at 7:45 PM on January 8, 2010


Kinda magnificent.
posted by lholladay at 7:47 PM on January 8, 2010


continues with an interview with a few of the people who brought them home.

So... do they get bedbugs?
posted by R. Mutt at 8:31 PM on January 8, 2010


I have to say, it's kind of creepy to have tracking devices put in something that looks like it's thrown away - anyone else skeeved out by that?
posted by Bleusman at 8:43 PM on January 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


What a great piece of marketing, advertising, and brand building this is.

Capitalism! Sometimes It's Creative!
posted by incessant at 9:16 PM on January 8, 2010


anyone else skeeved out by that?

But it's free stuff!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:20 AM on January 9, 2010


Wasn't there a sci-fi novel where dadaist punks broke into peoples homes and gave them really nice makeovers?

Good News from Outer Space by John Kessel.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 7:53 AM on January 9, 2010


Wasn't there a sci-fi novel where dadaist punks broke into peoples homes and gave them really nice makeovers?

Good News from Outer Space by John Kessel.


Huh. I had that but dont think I finished it. Liked the dadaist punks, though.
posted by shothotbot at 7:42 PM on January 9, 2010


People leave bizarre things on my apartment stoop. In the last month this has included:

Promotional perfume sets
An old CRT monitor
A white plastic silverware tray
A french book about Buddhism
A bottle of shampoo
posted by kathrineg at 1:29 AM on January 10, 2010


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