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Those Ugly Weird Holes on the Floor? They're Chairs!

Old and busted: sitting on the floor
The new hotness: sitting on a hole in the floor!

The OOoo chair is the brainchild of the design firm Decker Yeadon. It's basically a set of holes in the floor where you can slip your legs into and, well, sit down:

You can easily make your own OOoo Chair if you have a wooden floor and a basement. The OOoo Chair, you see, is accomplished by drilling O-holes in your floor, so if you live in an apartment the OOoo Chair would likely be intrusive to your downstairs neighbor.

You can easily make your own OOoo Chair if you have a wooden floor and a basement. The OOoo Chair, you see, is accomplished by drilling O-holes in your floor, so if you live in an apartment the OOoo Chair would likely be intrusive to your downstairs neighbor.

And remember folks, less is more. Now where's my router? Link


You definitely go "ooooo (uch)!" once you have stepped into one of those holes not knowing that your partner has decided to create some in the living room...
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Yes, because the things I've always hated about chairs is their mobility and the buffer they put between me and the filth/coldness of the ground. Much better to have a plug for a hole that, if you forget to replace it, becomes a safety and legal liability.

I want to see videos of people actually using this idiotic piece of crap, showing my how much easier it is to stand up when you have to scuff your feet on the underside of the floor and have only your hands for leverage.

If you click through, they've tried to justify this supremely stupid idea by making the process of drilling a hole in your floor ridiculously complicated, all to prevent the waste and pollution that comes from factory made chairs. How about you design a comfortable, durable chair made out of sustainable materials before you make me fail my home inspection you insufferable twat.

This is a joke. It has to be.

Goddamn morons. I hate design students sometimes.
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1: The basement is unheated, damp, and home to the spiders and mice.
2: I can move my chair anywhere in the room, without tools.
3: My chair has a backrest, and armrest.
4: The carpet does not like being sawed.
5: I live on a boat.
6: How strange that no culture, anywhere in the world ever seems to have adopted this kind of "chair".
7: I'm sueing Neatorama for millions. There was live cabling, and water pipes, where I wanted my chair. As soon as I'm out of the hospital, I'll sue.
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Tried to access their website, but couldn't get past the flash splash screen. It locked up.

At least you can defecate in their oochair; no such joy with their website.
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Actually the concept is not as totally irrational as everyone commenting here seems to assume. This from a book excerpt found with a quick Google:

“Japan had plenty of places where we sat on the floor to eat. Some places had a hole in the floor where I could let my feet hang down. That was a lot better than having to have my legs sticking out straight.” (book by James M. Hill, Sr.)

A reGoogle adding "Japanese restaurant" suggests this is a common design feature.
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Well, I can see people above me have pointed out some major flaws with this idea.

The biggest one I can think if is when someone steps into one of these without knowing it was there. Break a leg, crack open a skull.

One I am thinking of is you are sitting in one of these, one foot in each hole. You have a bad itch on one foot. How do you discretely scratch that foot?
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Does anybody else see the potty training ad above this article?

Alex, you titled this post wrong. It should have been "Those ugly weird holes in your floor? They're chairs!"
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No way, I would not even think of getting my feet on those holes. Who knows what is behind those holes. I will stick with my chair and live comfortably without these ill designs fit for a rust up museums.
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I'm with Matt. This is the dumbest thing ever. I know it SEEMS like it would be comfortable, but only for a minute or two.

And the whole "break your neck while walking to the other room" is a deal killer.
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@MinnesotaStan- The "holes" in the floors in Japan are not like those holes.
They are similar to this http://www.corbisimages.com/images/67/31E17FEC-9D11-418A-B90D-6662B10EA43A/42-18058645.jpg
In some older farm houses, the hearth was sunken in. Some houses also had a bench of sorts made around the hearth, so you could lay down maybe your soggy wet coat or whatever, while you had yourself some tea and warmed by the fire.. The bench was made from the surrounding floor. The holes are not intentional. They just happen to be an efficient design.
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"Actually the concept is not as totally irrational as everyone commenting here seems to assume. ... Japan had plenty of places ..."

Yeah, because the Japanese have always been known for their completely rational culture and technology.

http://tinyurl.com/39o9ryt
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Another not quite political correct problem:So you are finally seated as a guest on the floor of your design-admiring friend with your legs in the holes... in comes someone you don't know and asks you if he can help you getting your wheelchair here...
Really, doesn't it look a bit "legless", having such chairs?
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well, japanese has done this long before. if you go to japs restauran, you can sit at their knee level table and put you feet in the room below the table. so no leg pain compared if you sit the traditional japanese way. plus you have more room to move your feet rather than just stuck to this two small holes...
a-copy-with-minimalist-touch-hoping-for-something?
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