Chair Balance

Daniel Eatock

30 September 2008


Designers, painters, and photographers often refer to an image, page, or form as looking “balanced”, a subjective description suggesting that the image, page, or form appears comfortable and harmonious. Everybody remembers being a child and leaning back on only two legs of a chair. A special sensation is created when the body is suspended momentarily, neither falling forward nor backward. The moment the chair inches back, the body reacts by throwing legs and arms forward to counterbalance, resulting in a feeling of butterflies in your stomach.