No matter which way you turn it, Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair has no bad angles. The edgy seat—famously made from bent tubing and sheet metal—has become one of the company’s most recognizable products, not to mention a top seller. As long admirers of the chair ourselves, we were excited to learn that the iconic piece, which typically comes in the customer’s choice of one allover shade, just got a super-playful makeover—and for a good cause.
In celebration of the brand’s first store opening in Portland, Oregon, Blu Dot teamed up with local organization P:ear, which supports homeless and transitional youth through mentorship and art programs, and invited talented kids to reimagine the chair. The bold creations are on display and available for purchase at the new shop. The catch? There are only five of them.
Using blue tape to create abstract shapes, the children painted parts of the one-of-a-kind chairs by hand before assembling them, so no two are alike. (The Real Good Chair is specifically designed to ship flat-pack in an oversize pizza box, so the seat comes in three separate pieces that fold and connect.)
Because these abstract designs are a limited edition, they’re more costly than the regular $250 price tag. Each chair is going for a cool $500, but for good reason: All the proceeds (and a portion of Blu Dot’s sales storewide) will be donated to P:ear during the month of January. We say the splurge—and last-minute flight to Oregon—is definitely worth it.
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