I'm the Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. We launch undiscovered consumer products. It's also the birthplace of Citizen Commerce. I write about design, cultural anthropology, and start-ups, mostly.

The ugliest furniture I have ever seen

These three odd items were for sale on a street corner in Pittsburgh:

I thought this was tongue-in-cheek.

I thought this was tongue-in-cheek.

What's up with the decapitated bear?

Until I saw this. What's up with the decapitated bear?

I want to like this.  I really do.  The happy face flowers have a strange appeal, and there is that whole Teletubbies sun thing going on.  But it would creep me out to sit on this chair, for sure.

I want to like this. I really do. The happy face flowers have a strange appeal, and there is that whole Teletubbies sun thing going on. But it would creep me out to sit on this chair, for sure.

So later in the day I snapped these other shots of contemporary mass-produced furniture that I’d bet the artist of the above creations would call “ugliest furniture I have ever seen.”  One man’s trash….

But I loved how these bright and sinuous forms were rat-a-tat repeating themselves along the sidewalk.  They were the only colorful spot in a rather gray dull downtown streetscape  After I spotted them, I was compelled to drive around the block and return to shoot a few photos–they were that arresting and alien on the streetscape.

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3 Responses to “The ugliest furniture I have ever seen”

  1. julespieri

    @Honoria Hey, I am a big Pittsburgh fan. Read my previous posts about it. Every city has people who produce oddities, like this furniture.

    Reply

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