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The Secret of Efficient Meetings

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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 20 November 2008, 15:14    Permalink    Comments (19)

Are you bored of sitting around in meetings that are needlessly long? Are you keen to increase efficiency and reduce wasted time in office pow-wows? Well, perhaps Fleeting Seating: The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection is what you've been waiting for - a collection of specially designed chairs that should guarantee shorter, more efficient meetings...

Yes, we just received Fleeting Seating: The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection – a 28 page, A4 booklet produced to showcase a self-initiated project by creative agency Sid Lee which has offices in Montreal and Amsterdam. The project was spearheaded by Louis-Thomas Pelletier, who, on becoming a creative director of Sid Lee's Montreal office a few years ago, realised he was spending a lot of time in meetings. Too much time, in fact, spent sitting around in wonderfully ergonomic office chairs such as the Aeron made him realise the simple formula: for maximum efficiency of time spent in a meeting, remove the element of comfort from the seating.

"I remember when I was a kid," Pelletier explains in the text within the brochure, "there was a rumour – I don't know if it was true - that at McDonalds, the benches were made so that you wouldn't spend too much time there." It was from that thought the idea for the Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection (SUCC) came.

Pelletier teamed up with Gabrielle Saint-Pierre, also at Sid Lee to realise the collection which is set to show in Milan next year. Yes, the chairs are a serious prospect. "I can see corporations buying some for their conference rooms and boardrooms - to make a point, a reminder to their employees," says Pelletier. "There is a potential market for it, a niche market - but I don't see them being distributed through Ikea."

Are you still lounging around looking at this blog post? Get back to work!

19 Comments

Pure genius!
Stu Mason
2008-11-20 16:01:25


Brilliant.
honest joe
2008-11-20 16:18:01


NIce.
action man
2008-11-20 17:38:44


I don't agree with the typography.
Yusef
2008-11-20 22:29:28


Sit On It!
The Fonz
2008-11-21 12:02:59


I always find a good one to get a meeting moving along is by saying:
"why don't you take a seat and we can talk about the first thing that pops up"......
Mary Christmas
2008-11-21 13:33:31


We need these at my workplace. We have pre-meetings to discuss the type of biscuits we'll need for meetings..
Red Star
2008-11-21 16:59:55


fab! magic!
Helen Merrin
2008-11-21 21:19:25


in the 70's genuinely innovative brands like Rank Xerox and Woolworths (yes Woolworths - who were one of the first to have integrated computer stock control) used to hold meetings by the coffee machine or in the car park on a cold/wet/windy day for exactly the same reason. only cheaper.
GARETH
2008-11-22 10:13:15


When I was working at Gap while at Uni we used to have stand-up one minute meetings. Which lasted, literally, only a minute. Brill.
There are so many clients that I would love to have sitting on a talking head chair. Genius! Oh and the space invader. And the rockoco. Ok. Where do I order these?
Saah Turner
2008-11-27 14:08:08


Get those McCrazy loungers under ma bum, now!
Jox McRox
2008-11-27 15:57:05


Absolute genius!! I need to buy the full range..
Susan Davies
2008-11-27 17:08:36


Holy sit!

Every office should hace a bunch of them!
Gonso Jess
2008-11-27 17:39:29


mmmh, it strangely reminds me Mr Bruno Munari and his SEDIA PER VISITE BREVI (chair for short visits). Have a look:


http://www.educational.rai.it/lezionididesign/oggetti/SEDIAPERVISITEBREVI.htm

We all know creativity is unconsciously viral.
caterina
2008-11-28 18:35:26


Very clever! We need a range of these suitable for the living room to encourage people to get outside and watch less TV.
discomagnet
2008-11-29 08:53:37


i was in the "biennale du design" of St Etienne in France yesterday. I really tought of those sidlee-collective-uncofortable-but-stylish-chair because of all the chairs you could find there... which look very unconfortable !

keep it up... sidlee creation are just really good !
Vincent
2008-11-30 11:54:19


I'm actually sat on a Gottago now
Carl
2008-12-02 18:13:50


brilliant, most meetings are a waste of time anyway!!
tash
2008-12-04 12:37:34


Check out this list of the MOST uncomfortable seats!

http://www.cribcandy.com/list=the_most_uncomfortable_seats
justine
2008-12-15 21:19:05


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