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Nov 13, 2006



Ann Tancio


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The Sumo Lounge Omni Review
Furniture doesn’t evolve. A couch is a couch, a chair is a chair, and that’s it. The chairs of 2015 won’t be more technologically advanced than those of today. By default, furniture is basic, and often serves one purpose. A seat is for sitting, a desk is for working, and that’s the end of it.

But that doesn’t mean that this paradigm can’t be changed. A relatively new company that goes by the name of Sumo Lounge has created a product – let’s call it a piece of furniture – that changes shape and usage as much as you change your mind about what size plasma television to buy. Their product, called the Omni, appears to be a simple bean bag chair, but does a bit more, as you’ll see below.

Several afternoons ago, the delivery man places a massive box outside of my doorstep. And this is what was inside:

My first thought was, “My, this looks like a dog mat, but for humans.” It’s a huge 5.5 x 4.5 feet. Despite its large size, it’s actually quite light in weight. Getting past my initial reaction, I proceeded to sit on the Omni, expecting it to be soft and comfortable. Instead, the thick nylon that covered the object was rough and uncomfortable. Since I try to be fair in my evaluations and not generate my opinion of the product based on an initial observation, I continued to lay on the Omni for several minutes, and discovered that the product had conformed itself to my body, much like memory foam. I started to get comfortable.

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Though she fell asleep, my girlfriend later confirmed that the mat was actually quite comfortable after a few moments.
But my testing didn’t stop there. In reading the website, it was touted as more than just a mat – “It’s a crash mat, lounge chair, love seat or floor pillow.” Having read the claim, I began experimenting. I lifted the mat off the ground, fluffed it up a bit, and placed it in a taller “blob” on the ground. To my surprise, the Omni was able to hold it’s shape very well – probably a result of the thick nylon used to cover the product.

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Above we find the Omni making a terrific seat, perfect for playing games on a mobile device, or listening to some tunes on an iPod.

If you’re more interested in relaxing, you can lean backwards, and the back portion of the Omni will become a backrest. Since the product conforms to your body, you could imagine how comfortable this position may be. From here, you can straddle the bag (much like a horse), or let your feet dangle.

On their website, Sumo Lounge shows other ways that the Omni can be utilized.

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