Some design solutions are brilliant. Others are just odd. The Easy Reader is a quirky mobile bench with an integrated bookshelf, intended to make an easier time of hauling your library around the house.
Designed for comfortable book reading, the Easy Reader features a wooden bench with a backrest on one end, complete with red felt cushions. The bench is only 50 cm wide, so I’m not sure how agreeable the much larger-bodied among us will be with the seating. Length looks adequate enough to allow you to stretch your legs in complete ease.
Under the bench are two bookshelves situated on either side, so you can simply reach down for the next book when you’re done with whatever you’re reading. It spans the entire length of the bench (about 180 cm) so you should be able to fit in plenty of bound material – more than you’ll probably read in an entire month.
On the side opposite the backrest, right at the bottom, is a single rubber tire to allow it some mobility. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to pull or push the Easy Rider along. Since there doesn’t seem to be any sort of grip on the backrest, I vote for nudging it forward – it’s an odd design, that’s for sure.
If you like to take your reading out in the garden or the backyard, the Easy Rider should help ease the process, allowing you to carry your stack of books without needing Herculean strength. It was built by German furniture designer Nils Holger Moormann for exhibition and won’t likely be available in a store near you – whether that’s a good thing or bad is still up for grabs.