Indoors 23

Published on January 10th, 2006 | by Greg


Pink, Bubbly Seating

In the age-old style of dormitories and parties across town, this package showed up on my door filled with memories from the past. Plastic furniture was never my thing, but I know a lot of super-cool freshmen really dug the “it’s inflatable and it’s furniture” thing. Personally, I always dug the “it’s cardboard and it’s furniture” thing, but to each their own.

The chair: sturdy, bubbly, close to the ground and PINK! looks like it should be one of those super comfy, fight-over-who-gets-to-sit-there pieces of furniture. Instead the chair encourages you to sit in an upright position, not the laid back posture one might assume. So, ergonomically speaking (yeah, I know, the word is no longer cool because people actually know what it means now), the chair wasn’t quite right.

The large bubble in the back part of the chair did provide some nice back support for that good posture I am always disinclined to take. But since there is no upper back support it’s still uncomfortable and almost awkward, leaving me to believe the bubble chair is mostly intended as a piece to complement the decor. The company where we found this item, Realm Dékor, has it listed as such: a $50 home accessory, along with other interesting items like Japanese “floating bubbles” to place in vases and polka-dotted throws.

My world view holds that people buy inflatable furniture because it’s cheap and portable; easy to throw out when college, (or the partying) is over. I was intrigued by the design, but it’s tough to make it work outside of the dorm. So, unless you’re really into that style, then keep shopping for a cheaper or comfier version of this inflatable item. On the upside it does come in pink.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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