While visiting family in Atlanta, we popped into Renzo Piano's lovely addition at the High Museum of Art and Droog's famous Treetrunk Bench met us at the door. Though excited to stumble upon this piece in person we were conflicted: (a.) it's a design object on display in a museum, complete with wall plaque description but (b.) it's a design object that is actually sold in order to be sat on, plus (c.) it was in the museum entry, pre-ticket counter, next to the coat check!
Would you dare to sit on it? Should you even be allowed to decide? Follow the jump to take our survey...
Even though it was a rainy Tuesday afternoon and we were the only patrons in the lobby and probably could have gotten away with it (if it was even against the rules, we still don't know), we did not sit down. Something about the whole atmosphere said, "Do Not Touch" even though it was no where stated. Still, we left feeling a bit cheated, like we missed out on an important (and rare) sensory experience of appreciating conceptual furniture.
Droog advertises the bench in use (photo below) and although we can see how multiple users might do harm to the piece, we're still conflicted. It was commissioned specifically for this public space. We can understand that at places like Moss you don't just plop down in a $50,000 Campana Brothers chair without serious consideration of buying it but this museum installation felt more ambiguous. What do you think? Have we grown to accustomed too Design Within Reach?