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The Big Chair - D.C.

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This giant rendition of an upholstered dining chair was an obvious attempt at advertising by Bassett Furniture. Built and placed in 1959, the Duncan Phyfe chair's "cushioned upholstery" is actually aluminum. The chair has also been a place of residence when, in 1960, artist Lynn Kirby lived atop the red-striped seat for over a month. She slept, ate, showered, and even had a toilet installed for her convenience. Since the "house" was enclosed in glass, the experiment was dubbed "Alice in the Looking Glass House" by newspapers.