This adjustable chair let 18th-century women give birth in something…

From the ancient times until the 1800s, many women gave birth with the aid of parturition chairs, specially designed seats that allowed women to sit upright or recline while giving birth. This particular chair had padded leather rests for the mother's legs, but the parturition chairs came in a number of flavors. Some… » 11/18/12 9:00am 11/18/12 9:00am

An Exoskeleton Is Fused To My Spine, And I Love It

A network of lightweight interfaces has been stuck to my back for the past few weeks, receiving information about the slightest movement of my spine. My new Herman Miller Embody chair is like an exoskeleton, supplementing my body's own structural integrity. While I sit and blog about our future space exploration, it's… » 11/20/08 1:57pm 11/20/08 1:57pm

Jonas Jurgaitis’ Alien-Inspired Furniture

There is a reason that Jonas Jurgaitis’ furniture appears alien-influenced. The Lithuanian designer claims that in 1999, he was captured by extraterrestrials. They instructed him to bring the design for this sofa, aptly named “Alien,” to Earth. And Jurgaitis’ minimalist modular seating is ready for the space age.… » 10/11/08 2:00pm 10/11/08 2:00pm