In 1880, William Morris delivered a lecture in which he set forth a mantra for interior design: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Clearly, much furniture is useful insofar as it provides a place to sit, or storage, or a workspace. But what if you could increase the usefulness of a piece by giving it an additional purpose, beyond the traditional function of furniture? This is where interactive decor like the Pally Stool comes in: it hopes to work as seating, be beautiful, and provide hours of play.We've seen lots of pieces that double as two types of furniture, converting from a seat into a desk, or from a crib into a toddler bed. But products like the Pally Stool strive to be both furniture and toy, or seating and art activity.
Our question to you is, does it work, is it desirable, or is it gilding the lily a bit? Would you enjoy furniture that can serve as entertainment for your children as well, or should we let activities come from somewhere else? Is there a downside to trying to be useful, beautiful, and interactive all at the same time?
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