Originally Posted by Piobaire
By far. Btw, I'm sitting in one right now, fireplace going, and I am very comfy.
Does the concept of a piece of furniture performing its job very well come into play at all in judging if a design is a success? For me it does.
Of course, furniture should perform its job well. That's not the hard part when it comes to chairs, tables, etc. Good design should economize and refine a thing's form as much as possible while still fulfilling its defined purpose.
"Comfort," as traditionally construed, is an enemy of good design. First of all, in playing to the lowest common denominator, it limits design from improving and elevating one's lifestyle--which really great
design should do. Second, things designed for multiple or amorphous purposes require compromises and rarely accomplish them as well as things designed for a clearly defined, singular purpose.
I like that our sofa is not traditionally comfortable. It is terrible for slouching into and lying down on. It's for sitting--and for sitting, it is much more comfortable than it would be if it had to do those other things well. We are more social, conversational people in our living space because of it.