Turns out, he's been obsessed with chairs for a long time. We had the pleasure of reading about David Byrne over the weekend - Indie Rock's Patron Saint Inspires a New Flock - and remembering that this past fall he put on a show featuring chairs, called Furnishing the Self — Upholstering the Soul.
We totally missed it, but both the NYTimes article above and this show are worth a gander at his website. His idiosyncratic genius, though sometimes perplexing, is always refreshing:
Why chairs? Well, they have arms and legs and vaguely human scale -- and shape. They're people -- they hold you, support you, elevate you or humble you. They're funny or elegant, funky or gorgeous, social or aloof. They're characters with lives and histories...aren't they?