The invention and development of foam is one of the most influential commercial events in the history of polyurethane plastics. North America produces approximately 1.2 billion pounds of foam products each year. This product has improved life for many at work, home, and while traveling. It even helps when it comes to play time. Foam adds comfort to products such as mattresses, furniture, and automobile interiors. It can also be used as protection for fragile items, and in the field of medicine it is used to provide support to patients.
Before polymers were developed and used in the foam industry along with catalysts and blowing agents it was a difficult process to create foam. All of the raw materials needed to be blended and stirred as it was heated. The mixture was then laid out in pans to rise. Pre-polymer production of foam was in the hands of chemical companies like Mobay, Bayer, and Monsanto.
Processors from the United States had to make numerous trips back and forth to Germany where they visited the Bayer labs. Here they observed the foam making process. They also arranged to have the needed equipment sent home, and they compared the foam process between the two countries. Bayer’s teams of researchers came to the United States freely in order to guide this country’s developing foam process as well as to gather notes.
The president of Mobay was David Eynon. He made himself readily available to these early processors in the foam industry. He welcomed innovators because the creation of polyurethane foam wasn’t the same as other chemistry discoveries that seamed accidental. Creating the couch foam we know today took painstaking growth and the systematic efforts of many people. The new foam products these early developers created would soon replace the already successful commercial latex foam cushioning. Polyurethane foam combined with a cotton batting was a much better product.
The first results were stiff when compared to foams we can purchase today from retailers such as The Foam Factory. Once usable foam was manufactured, it was difficult to sell. Furniture manufacturers did not immediately see its benefits. The determination of those early processors along with product improvements brought about the foam industry we now have. Today polyurethane foam plays a huge role in our everyday life at home, work, and play.
We all know the age old stereotype of the psychiatrist’s sofa, upon which one may discover the secrets of one’s soul. But what if it is the sofa itself which can tell the most about who we are as people? What many may not have realised is that their couches offer a window into their personalities that is often much more revealing than they may have intended.
Photo not mine
Why the Sofa?
That your sofa should be so connected to who you are as a person should come as no surprise. After all, it’s probably the most used of all items of furniture in the home and the only one which can step in and function in the same way that other furniture types can, from sleeping to working. Whether you’re a couch potato or a rarely-sit-still, the role that your sofa plays in your life will both determine and be determined by what type of sofa you choose – and the role it plays will be to reveal all about you as a person.
Colours can be very revealing; so much so that almost everyone is aware of the most common associations between colour and personality type. Fiery, passionate types prefer red; fun, outgoing types prefer yellow; cool, calm types prefer soothing blues and greens. Muted colours tend to be preferred by people who are more reserved in nature, whereas rich, sumptuous sofa colours tend to found in the homes of people who are confident, self-assured and even a little sensual.
There are almost too many styles of sofa to count, but a good place to start is with size. Smaller sofas tend to be preferred by people who like familiarity. But don’t be fooled; the presence of a small sofa is a clear indicator that even while you may have a family-oriented-type person on your hands, they probably don’t have a family … yet.
Chaise lounges and sofa beds tend to occur on opposite ends of the spectrum; the former being preferred by people of a spontaneous nature and the latter tending to belong to more practical types. However, both chaise lounges and sofa beds can come in an array of styles so make sure to take note of how modern (or not) the sofa in question is. Older sofas are indicative of a comfortable homebody-type who may be a little resistant to change, whereas modern sofas indicate a contemporary, fashionable and probably quite decisive individual.
Finally, the placement of your sofa can reveal the biggest tell of all. Where is your sofa situated and in what direction is it pointed? Does it face towards the television or the window? Is it in the corner by the fire or does it take up the majority of space in your living room? By asking yourself these simple questions, you will easily be able to find out where your true priorities lie.
If you are like the new breed of person, everything that you own is disposable. You don’t want to have to move from place to place hauling a houseful of furniture with you. You want to be able to move without all of the trappings, especially if you work in a fluid industry that requires going from one place to another. That makes finding the right furniture in Gulfport or wherever else you are moving really important. However, that furniture needs to be adapted to how you plan on living.
If your job is going to require you to be someplace for three to six months, spending money on furniture may be a low priority. You are going to want to find a mattress, a chair, a desk to work at, and probably a bookcase. Add a couple of lamps, and you are good to go. The essentials are all you need, especially when you are only going to be around for a couple of months.
However, if you are uncomfortable with the transient lifestyle, you are going to want to get some more substantial furniture. Finding something that says who you are doesn’t have to be a chore. The most important thing is that you put your stamp on the place that you have moved into. You don’t want your home to feel like a motel. That means that you have to strike a balance between too much and too little furniture. Of course, the only thing that you will need to be aware of is that some assignments turn into something longer than was previously thought.
Staying Longer Than a Year
If you plan on staying any place longer than a year, you are going to need some substantial furniture in Gulfport or wherever you may be. Chances are that you will meet people that you will want to have over to your place. If it looks like you are still moving in after three months, you will be seen as a little weird. Plus, that type of living makes people a little leery of getting to know you. Who wants to get attached to someone that is just going to leave?
We all have a certain piece of furniture that we like so much that parting with it is not an option. However, if this certain furniture is an outdated one, sticks out like a sore thumb in your home interior or has so many scratches and imperfections due to wear and tear, then do a furniture makeover! Don’t throw those beautiful pieces because you can actually make those dull pieces into chic furnitures.
If you don’t know where to start with the makeover project, head on to BHG.com for some inspirations. The pictures posted below are all featured in BHG.com and credit is given to the owner.
Have you ever seen a doll house? If so, have you seen a doll house that is as big as a normal house? I bet you haven’t. Well, Target (the famous chain store in the US) built a 1,500 sq. ft. life-size Cape Cod style doll house in Grand Central Station in Manhattan few days ago.
The house, complete with furnitures and regular home fixtures was built by Target for their Threshold home collection. It was decked with 3,000 pieces of home decors and other items under the Threshold home collection. It was open for 2 days only from 6-7 of May.
The life-size doll house was open for everyone to view and enjoy. Although it came close to being a real life house, it didn’t have any “bathroom” to avoid “confusion” amongst the visitors. It also didn’t have any stairs nor railings. It gave you the illusion of a typical doll house, complete with fake hinges but the furnitures on the second floor were not full length.
Here are some pictures of the life-size doll house. Proper credit goes to the owners of the photos (Target/homes.yahoo.com/Amy Schellenbaum of Curbed International).
Photo credit: Target/homes.yahoo.com
The doll house’s design is so lovely. I actually got some ideas from it to incorporate in our future dream home. Oh, I can’t wait!