Have a Chair

Midwest, magazine for the Chicago Sun-Times1962-12-30

Institute of Design (ID) at Illinois Tech

Institute of Design (ID) at Illinois Tech
Chicago, United States

After a thorough investigation of transportation seating, student-designer Bob Straub tried to simulate and solve seating problems he had experienced in the past. Documenting famous seats, from the Carver invalid chair to the Ritter Euphorian chair, Straus aimed to develop a chair that would allow sleep, instead of just looking like someone could sleep in it. Straub's first instinct to add lumbar support proved the seat extremely comfortable but impossible to properly sleep in, and further reinforced that people cannot sleep upright. Next, Straub tipped the chair by 20 degrees, thrusting its occupants against the padded rail, which produced the feeling of being in bed and allowed users to sleep for eight-hour periods. Cut-outs in the sides allow for side sleeping.


  • Title: Have a Chair
  • Creator: Midwest, magazine for the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Date Created: 1962-12-30
  • Location Created: Chicago, Illinois
  • Rights: Courtesy of University Archives and Special Collections, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Tech.

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