Jun 11, 2010

Ann Tancio


Sitting pretty

When Steve Jobs first demonstrated the iPad he didn’t do so standing up. Rather, he settled into a comfortable chair and rested the iPad against a crossed leg. And he did because the iPad’s easiest to command when it’s nestled in your lap. Regrettably, that position isn’t good with an office chair and will eventually get tiresome even in a swank leather chair like Jobs’.

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Sumo Omni beanbag chair

No, to my mind, the perfect chair for the iPad is one that you can adjust to support your legs while, at the same time, allowing you to recline slightly. And no chair I can think of handles that job better than that icon of the 70s—the beanbag chair.

I chose Sumo’s $149 Omni model. Available in 10 colors, this large (5.5 by 4.5 feet) beanbag chair is covered in ballistic nylon and filled with polystyrene foam beads. Place it against a wall and you can make a couch shape. In a standalone position you can turn it on its side and fashion a lounge chair. Either way, you can mold the chair into a form that allows you to work with the iPad without straining your neck, back, or arms.

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