Picking office furniture is generally a no frills, utilitarian endeavor. Grab some desks, chairs, file cabinets, conference tables and call it a day. Whoever was in charge of that task for the New York Times, though, decided to spice up the workspace with some modern pieces—so modern, in fact, that they're baffling the staff.
It started Wednesday morning with a Tweet from NYT editor Erin McCann, featuring a strange J-shaped chaise:
I am a smart human with a masters degree and everything and I have absolutely no idea how to sit on these. pic.twitter.com/qqOWhX5vnB— erin mccann | inspector general of your tweets (@mccanner) February 7, 2018
Soon, the responses started coming in from Twitter users, including some other Times employees.
hop on, i think those are magic carpets— Niraj Chokshi (@NirajC) February 7, 2018
criss-cross-applesauce knee crevice with a padded top surface to #headdesk— Kira Goldenberg (@kiragoldenberg) February 7, 2018
are you supposed to plank inside the little alcove thing?— Siddhartha Mahanta (@sidhubaba) February 7, 2018
You can check them out in a video, and see a peek of another modern piece, a yellow chair, in the background:
I found them! They are hiding near our new elevator bank that no one can find. pic.twitter.com/LY90847jMO— Maira Garcia (@mairalg) February 7, 2018
If you're wondering how you can get this modern masterpiece for yourself, one intrepid WSJ reporter solved the mystery: It's the Lowseat chaise designed by Patricia Urquiola.
"where comfort and function meet" //t.co/UxmZQeLIWE— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) February 8, 2018
Tell us, how would you sit on it?