Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Character

Guess what this is.

I don't know why I find this contraption so awesome. It folds up and voila, it's a cane! It folds down and voila, it's a stool! It's ergonomicomical!

It assists with mobility issues and also provides a handy-dandy seat once you've finally shuffled to your destination. Yet it looks too rickety to perch on. Imagine this cane-seat thingamajig's backstory.

I think what makes this multi-functional design so intriguing for me is because it strongly suggests character. As an acting assignment, I'd love to design a character around this prop. I'm visualizing someone who wouldn't hesitate to use this doodad for an unintended function, like a weapon perhaps? or a crowd-disperser?

So who's the character? I think I have the perfect idea: meet Irene.

20 comments:

Towanda said...

How utilitarian. But, I could really see an elderly disabled person, such as myself at times, getting hurt trying to sit or tripping over the seat apparatus even when folded up.

Alistair said...

Just what I've been looking for. Standing all night can be a pain in the neck!

Elly Lou said...

I think it would be much more useful if you switched out the seat part with a tambourine. I mean, you could still sit on a tambourine, but you can't play a stool. Or can you? Shit. Now I need a stool.

Nubian said...

It wouldn't be pretty if I sat on that contraption.

Chelle said...

Irene only wants it if it dispenses cigarettes.

Munk said...

At first glance I thought it was a pie-stand with a handle.

Pickleope said...

It's essentially a transformer for the elderly. Is there a walker-version...well I guess that would be a Rascal scooter.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I see a "Dr. Watson" type of stout British gentleman who says "What ho?" a lot. And with an entire lack of knowledge what "ho" means now.

Mel said...

I work with geriatric psych patients. I know this weapon well.

Antares Cryptos said...

I'm with Munk on this one.

karensomethingorother said...

I have no idea why, but I can only picture Mr. Peanut.

Alittlesprite said...

Yep. The perfect place for pies.

Al Penwasser said...

I must be hungry. At first, I thought it was a cookie on a tin pan with a pretzel attached!
Stop by my blog tomorrow. You're getting a shout-out!

Charlie Pulsipher said...

So need one of these when my wife drags me shopping. Why don't more stores have benches?

I sound old already.

Nicole said...

Perfect! Irene would also be able to stub out her cigarettes on it.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

Cool! Although I'm with Al Penwasser on this - I first thought the seat was a pie, and figured it was some sort of pie-holding devise. I probably like pie (especially apple ) a little too much.

ptotheb said...

It makes me think of pie.

Therefore, I like it.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Nifty

j. littlejohn said...

looks like food. can you eat it if you are hungry?

Michael said...

Monsieur Hulot. Seen his movies?

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