"So, if you were a chair," I asked, "what kind would you be?"
I'd already thought about it, and decided he'd be an enormous, comfy armchair. The kind you want to curl up in with a good book and hang out for hours.
He gave it some thought and said he'd be a big leather armchair. The kind you find in libraries in old clubs, with the brass tacks, soft leather cushions, and the really high back. This is exactly what I had in mind.
So he asked it back. What kind of chair would I be?
I'd been thinking about this ever since I said that the Dementor, if he were a chair, would be modern, uncomfortable, and rigid. I love modern design, don't get me wrong. It's just that comfort is not necessarily the point.
What kind of chair would I be?
I'd kind of like to be an Eames La Chaise lounge chair. But I don't think I am. I think I'm comfortable enough to be a lounge-y kind of chair, but I'm a lot softer than that one, with a lot more give. But I don't think I'd be the kind of lounge chair that you pull the handle and the feet come out. In other words, I haven't yet figure it out.
I asked Marta what kind of chair she'd be, and she said a bar stool. A simple, dark wood one. Sleek and elegant and slightly uncomfortable. Because there's only so much accommodating she's willing to do. I thought this was a fantastic answer.
It's hard, I think, to consider your personality and your frame, and then try to match it with an inanimate obejct.
Oh, and PS - This is just random, but I think this modern design site is really cool. I could pick 54 things I'd like from there without a whole lot of effort.