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Wood you believe it? Five furniture facts

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

It’s been a while since we’ve eased a timely helping of furniture-themed goodness into your expectant faces we know, but that’s because, much like Santa’s elves, we’ve quite literally been going at it hammer and tongs to fulfil our Christmas orders. Not to worry though as a little break in proceedings has allowed us to foist upon you a bunch of frivolous furniture facts we’ve learnt over the course of the past couple of weeks… ESL_Church

By the grace of God…

Furniture was considered such a luxury item in medieval times it was commonplace to move it around from room to room such was its scarcity. The only buildings to house what we’d today refer to as ‘designer furniture’ were churches – and the type of furniture in them was designed to be cumbersome, immovable and uncomfortable, as anyone who’s sat in one of a Sunday morning will testify (pun very much intended). ESL_Flintstones

Continuity failure in Bedrock

The furniture in The Flinstones house was different depending on the episode, something that is evident if you watch back consecutive episodes of the classic Hannah-Barbera ‘toon. Whether this was deliberate or just sloppiness on the part of the animators isn’t clear, but a lack of continuity seems to be a reoccurring theme down in Bedrock – Dino the Dinosaur changed colour throughout the cartoon’s history and the aforementioned town was even referred to as Rockville on occasion! ESL_Darwin

Evolution or Intelligent Design?

There’s a good chance that many of you reading this are doing so from the comfort of an office ‘wheelie’ chair. But did you know that the iconic piece of furniture was first created not by a design heavyweight but by none other than evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. Yes, the author of Origin of The Species is credited with creating the office chair after he added wheels to his lab seat in order to get to his many specimens quicker. ESL_Stockings

Sock and Awe                               

The practice of hanging up a stocking on the fireplace in readiness for Santa’s annual visit is one that spreads the world over, but do you know where it originated from? According to legend, 4th century St Nicholas thought that children shouldn’t be working to support their families and enjoying their youth instead. As this wasn’t the case, the historical inspiration for Santa Claus visited their homes secretly leaving gifts and treats. Legend has it that St Nick came across a girl’s stockings hanging above the fire on one of his first gift-giving missions and deemed it the perfect place to deposit his wares. Ever since then, kids across the globe have hung stockings on the fireplace in the hope that Santa will leave something for them on Christmas Eve. ESL_IKEA

 Swede never have known that...

We're not big fans of generic, mass-produced furniture here at Eat Sleep Live. Nor are we big supporters of anything that uses unnecessary timber resources but this fact warrants inclusion due to its staggering nature; IKEA consumes 1% of the world's wood! That's a breathtaking 17.8 MILLION cubic yards of timber. Now, before you get all indignant about woodland being wrecked, we must let it be known that IKEA does its bit for sustainability and around 25% of the timber it uses has been certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council as sustainable and the firm is looking to double this over the next five years. So hats of to the Swedes for that (and their delicious meatballs).

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