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Alphabetical Seating: Set of 26 Letter-Shaped Kids’ Chairs

While neat in theory, and fascinating in practice, some letters look to be a bit more comfortable than others – the A has nice back and angled form, the B is as basic a chair as it can bee, and the C makes for a simple curved stool. Even X, Y and Z are surprisingly functional, but some parts of the alphabet in between, well, they might be the last designs picked in class by discerning children.

Alphabet Seats

Dutch designer Roeland Otten made these concept pieces with kids in mind – a way to fundamentally integrate literacy into the physical furniture, a sort of subliminal and supplemental curriculum. The S and T, though, look like they would hurt any back pressed against them for long periods while other letters (like the P) seem too forced into their role. And is there not a risk of the ‘cool kids’ monopolizing the most prized chairs coveted by their classmates?

Perhaps another strategy would have been to let awkward letter shapes become the basis for other pieces of furniture. The set of all-black, glossy chairs is nice, but a few side tables, work desks and so forth would seem a good way to fit in the alphabetic odds and ends left over when the ideal chair candidates were exhausted.

Alphabet Seats 2

Also, why the mix of capital and small letters? Seems like smalls might have been better all around. Finally, while these look great in black on a blank white backdrop, some color might help them stand out in a more colorful kids room or classroom space. Regardless, here are 10 other related designs if you are at least sold on the idea of physical real-life fonts.


Floating City?! Futurist Ocean Frontiers & High-Seas Homes

In a world where almost every square inch of (non-freezing) land seems occupied, it is no wonder that our imaginations take us to the high seas when we think of adventure, freedom and new frontiers. The floating ‘Lilypad‘ concept above envisions a series of entire mobile, self-sufficient and off-the-grid ocean cities, but you do not have to look into the far future to see amazing artificial architecture for living on the water.

Sea Forts

From former military stations to over-sized oil platforms, there are already many fully-oceanic structures sitting far from land and anchored into the Earth far below the waves. One of the classic examples is these sea fort towers off the coast of Britain that were deserted after being used to fend off air raids in world war too – and which have since been stripped of bridges but still used in a variety of creative ways both residential and commercial in nature.

The Seasteading Institute has been involved in engaging architects and amateur designers alike in conceptualizing water-based homes – both fixed-in-place and free-floating-  that range from houseboat-sized ideas to whole mini-cities.

Sea Forts

So what is the future of floating urban life? It is hard to say. There is no shortage of interesting ideas for developing water-top real estate, but cost is of course prohibitive in many cases. However, as more and more oil platforms go abandoned – each of which could arguably hold up to hundreds of attached condos and residences of various kinds – there might be a new urbanism that arises out of the depths of our world’s oceans.


The Skrhak’s New Home…

I wish.  🙁

Made of wood, steel, and glass, glass, and more glass, this house is an environmentally-friendly waterfront.