The pitch for Steelcase’s modern take on the classroom chair, the Node, is full of nonsense about trying to “implement multiple pedagogies”, but all you really need to know is that the new desk/chair combo adds wheels and proper under-seat storage to the classic school furnishing.
I tested a Steelcase chair soon after starting work at the Gadget Lab, way back in 2007, and found it to be “comfy”. It was also huge, dominating a small room. The Node might be designed for the classroom, but it would sure look pretty great in my small office (read: bedroom), especially as it would also do away with the need for a desk.
The plastic seat offers no adjustment, so it is rated by Steelcase as suitable for a “short-term sit” only. The table section, though, is adjustable and is good for use by both left and right-handers. And in addition to the wheels on the bottom, for scooting around the room, the chair will swivel.
The Node comes in a bewilderment of colors, with 12 options for the seat and three for the base. Cost will vary depending on how many you buy, so you probably will have to enroll in college to use one of these. We’ll wait for the inevitable Ikea knockoff.
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