Bastard chairs of China

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Years ago, photographer Michael Wolf became fascinated with improvised, DIY, and haphazardly-repaired chairs that he encountered in China. He called them "bastard chairs" and compiled them into a 2002 book titled Sitting In China. You can see a selection of those chairs at his Web site. "Michael Wolf: Bastard Chairs" (via Accidental Mysteries)

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  1. That’s totally awesome!  When I was in China, I was constantly looking for a good place to sit down.  People would leave old chairs, cinder blocks, stacked rocks, haphazard cushions, cardboard-on-a-rock, piles of recycling, or just a newspaper on the sidewalk,  etc etc everywhere.  If you wanted a little sit-down, all you had to do is just scope it out and plunk down.  Nobody cared.  The main thing was to have something between your butt and the surface, because people SPIT and throw their cigarettes everywhere there. 

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  2. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” – Henry David Thoreau

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