A friend described her recent, one hour plane trip. Due to new security measures, passengers weren't allowed to have any books or gadgets in their laps for the duration of the brief trip. Clearly an absurd measure, but it did make me think that without distraction fellow passengers might actually start talking to each other.
Similarly, maybe if you were forced to sit on this "chair" by German designers Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Pelz you'd be more inclined to strike up a conversation, if about nothing else than the odd piece you're sitting on.
We spotted this creation on Chair Blog, which referred to it as an "awful combination of wooden chairs and stools into a bench." Sure, it is an awkward visual jumble. But we appreciate the playful commentary on isolation (of a single chair) and personal space versus potential socialization (of a bench) and expanding one's comfort zone.