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Tricia B.

Tobias Q.

Clare O.

Chris M.

Mariam M.

Corey B.

Christian H.

Andrew W.

35. Tricia B.
I am a public interest attorney in the deep south. A little over a year ago, I left a job in highrise office with an ergonomic chair and window (complete with an ocean view!) to for a much more hope-filled days representing death row prisoners and children sentenced to life without parole. Although I love and adore my job, my current windowless box of an office could use something to brighten up my day and ease the pain (both back- and mental) that comes with this line of work.

I would love a Cobi chair. You can rest assured it would be a well-used and well-loved instrument in this pursuit of justice.

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36. Tobias Q.
Like many of us in the industry of sitting down to get stuff done, I spend the hours between 8am and 5pm hunched over my computer chuckling evilly to myself as I plan for my eventual world domination as a Benevolent Overlord, also known as an Office Coordinator for my company. Unlike many of my cohorts in the 8am to 5pm office niche, I also work a second job from 6pm to midnight (sleep is for the weak and those who are not the sole breadwinner for a family of four) delivering pizza, which is more sitting down with occasional jog thrown in for good measure.

So, why should I win a Cobi?

Well, I could go with the true but uninteresting fact that my current chair causes me lower back pain on a daily basis or the slightly more interesting fact that the office chair upon which I currently rest my laurels is a 10 year old undead imitation of an actual office chair.

No, Seriously check out the picture of my current chair, the arm falls off when I stand up, it's awesome. But, the best reason for me to win a Cobi chair, because they are so flipping awesome. I could truly inspire inter-office envy, plus, if it's mine and mine alone, I could even take it home in a resentful huff in the event of an unfortunate downsizing.

In short, I beg you Cobi, save me from the undead beast that is my current chair, with it's bland look, randomly detachable left armrest, and lack of adequate ergonomics, only you can save me Cobi-Wan, you're my only hope.

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37. Clare O.
Cobi chairs are really pretty and comfy but also beyond my budget as a broke college student. I have a metal rod down from a spinal corrective surgery a few years ago, but my back is still lopsided. It's made sitting for long periods of time extremely painful. 30 minutes in a chair can give me intense pain. Unfortunately, as an engineering/pre-med student, I spend a great deal of my time in front of a desk studying or typing papers, often pulling the dreaded all-nighters. Pain killers should not be a fixture on my desk at my age. I actually don''t have an office chair yet. This year, I'm moving out of the dorms, and it would be so awesome if I could get a good office chair. Good office chairs are expensive and often times out of a student's budget.

I would be so grateful for a Cobi chair - it would help me study more comfortably and save my student budget! Thanks for your consideration!

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38. Cobi: the New Cinderella Story?  |  Chris M.
There once was a beautiful lovingly handmade solid walnut table top which perched atop a reclaimed office table frame. The center piece to a magical workspace which yearned for something more... something greater... something a bit more economical. All of the village people knew that there was a mysterious place beyond the borders that required faith and belief to reach... a place that would provide comfort and beauty in one simple and elegant design. A multitude of colors. a multitude of positions. a chair among chairs. No no... no greater chair had been or would be!

So with the faith of an entire people, a letter was sent. Wrapped in a shimmery substance the mystics called binary. The time had come. would the people rejoice?

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39. Mariam M.
I think that I should win a Cobi because my husband and I recently got married - about a month ago - and we're moving into our own apartment. We're not rich so we're saving up for nice, new furniture. But as of right now we're just making due with a hand-me-down dining room set, my old bedroom set, and his old desk. We don't even have anything to sit on in the living room yet! I''ve heard many good things about Smart Furniture's funiture. While I was in college, I worked in an office and would hear all the buzz about different types of furniture - random, I know, but it got quiet sometimes and we'd end up talking about randomness.

Anyhow, I definitely couldn't afford a Cobi at the moment, but it would definitely be a nice, new addition to our new home. And we'd finally have something new, that's ours to keep - that's not a blender or dishes.

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40. Christian H.
Dear Smart Furniture team, this is a tough one. Mastery of the English language? Bear with me, I'm German. Why I believe I am the perfect recipient for your Cobi give-away: My workday usually begins at around 8am at a desk. It usually ends at around 8pm at a desk. The 12 hours in between are filled with trying to focus on the two computer screens in front of me. while I try to concentrate on my work I pay no attention whatsoever on the piece of furniture that keeps me in my spot. It is an office chair I baught at IKEA around four years ago. It was cheap but didn''t look cheap. And it was all my budget as a freelance consultant and writer allowed.

I've come to realize, however, that the low price has other costs attached to it: my chair - like so many others - dictates how I sit. In itself that wouldn't be such abad thing, if the seating position was helping me find a posture that allows me to sit for many hours and still feel comfortable. Unfortunately though, my back hurts at the end of the day. So do my right arm and wrist (I'm pretty sure it has to do with the way I handle my mouse and the way my chair defines the angle my arm is positioned).

Bottom line: I think the IKEA chair, inexpensive as it may have been, isn't really helping my spine or supporting a healthy work posture. From what I've heard about the Cobi Chair so far, it may very well be the best solution to my "positioning issues". I even test sat it once at the SmartFurniture store and can only say: I'm impressed. Design meets ergonomics. Can't wait until you tell me to pick mine up. Kind regards & mit freundlichen Grüßen.

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41. Andrew W.
I'm a graduate student in Computer Science. As you can imagine, that means I sit in a chair and stare at a screen most of the day (and night). You might also consider that university budgets for office chairs for graduate students aren't exactly... expansive. Nor are graduate student paychecks. So the normal options for procuring a decent chair aren't available.

I'd like a Cobi because I really like Steelcase chairs. The designs are great and I particularly like the weighting system which somehow knows where to put you to be most comfortable. When I was in high school, the teachers all had Steelcase Uno chairs which I liked so much that when I went to college and had to buy a desk chair, I bought an Uno. The frame has snapped once and it's been welded back together, but I still have it 6 years later. I got lucky in college, as all the lab chairs (where I spent a disturbing amount of my time) were also Unos.

Now I'm in graduate school at a different university. I have my Uno at home (though it seems the frame is about to snap again), but at work it's a different story. So now I'm stuck with the no-name Office-Max-esque chair. My office-mate and I are both suffering back pain, so could use quality chairs. I'll be sending in a picture of myself with the current chair and our sad inflatable palm tree, the closest us grad students get to a vacation.

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42. Why I Really, Really Need a Cobi Chair.  |  Risa R.
Three weeks ago I started my chief year as a resident in Neurology. Excited by the prospect of making decisions on my own, terrified by the notion that those decisions have consequences, and left with no choice as Father Time continues his march forward, I have begun taking responsibility for brand new interns, residents, patients, and the dreaded NIGHT CALL.

Night call goes something like this: Every night I leave one intern and one second year resident at the hospital. I carry my list of patients in my pocket, a cell phone, and a beeper. I make my way home, eat something and sit in the worst ebay purchase I have made in the last three years. A fake Aeron chair that digs into the upper area of my buttocks and causes my legs to inevitably go to sleep. It was a poor decsion, the chair, made hastily as I am still on a resident's salary and needed something to be delivered at the right price. Almost weekly another screw falls from the bottom of the chair. I think the chair has adjustments, but I am not sure how to make the chair comfortable. A leopard print neck pillow from my last airplane flight with an orange towel (present from friend who visited Turkey) adorns the chair.

To say it is ugly is an understated complement. The neck pillow is used as a buttocks cushion. Yes, imagine how well that works; a pillow with a hole in the middle for your buttocks. But the night gets worse. At some point I put myself to bed and wait for the phone to start ringing which can happen frequently at any time. One night in particular stands out over the last few weeks of sleep deprivation.

I got a call at around 1:00 am from the resident in the hospital. With the phone attached to my ear, I listened to the long complicated story of a 58 year old female with double vision and nausea. To my surprise and chagrin, I looked at the phone and the time that had elapsed: 28 minutes. There was no way I stayed awake for all that time. I realized that I had to wake up more for these phone calls and had a plan.

Call number 2 came around 3:30 a.m. This time I got out of bed and sat upright against the wall. No way I would fall asleep that way. Wrong. I woke up slumped over with my resident asking me if I was still there. I woke up quickly and reassured him that I was awake and we could bring the patient into the hospital. This would clearly not do.

Call number 3 came at 4:15 a.m. This time I knew what to do. I dragged myself out of bed and into the saddest ebay orange covered chair. Sitting upright allowed me to actually stay awake, focus, listen to the story, and make decisions over the phone. Only problem, when I got back up to go back to the bed both my legs were asleep. This seems to be happening more frequently in the middle of the night on my sorry little chair.

Please consider me for your comfy Cobi chair. The more I read about it, the more I feel that it would be my perfect night time companion on these long call nights. My legs would be gratefully spared the ill fate of constant lack of blood, and my patients would be grateful to have a more rested, happier doctor who can walk. Please help.

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43. Corey B.
I bought an iMac in late '07, my girlfriend bought me a desk from a contemporary store for X-Mas in '08 and I just painted the walls brown and khaki. It's nice and all but I am sitting on a $20.00 cube/ottoman from Bed, Bath & Beyond that I have had for four years. My back is killing me! I have read a few articles lately about these Cobi Chairs and I feel that it would be great to actually sit on a real chair, a real nice office chair.

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44. Sharon B.
My husband and I work together in a small telecom company that we run from our home. Our desks are 32 years old. Our chairs, while a little newer, are uncomfortable and falling apart. We are moving into a new home later this year, but must first fix up our "fixer upper." We hope to have new desks and new chairs, a whole, new spruced up office.

The Cobi chairs are gorgeous, colorful, and seem like they could be very comfortable. I have been looking at chairs for a few weeks, but haven't found much that I liked until I saw these amazing chairs!

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45. Lois F.
Recently, I returned to work and sat uncomfortably in a chair that did not vaguely resemble the one that I left at work the previous work. The arms were visibly worn and the seat was less than desireable. I thought I was being pranked. Honestly, the chair looked like it had been taken from the trash bin. It looked like a science experiment gone wrong. I was told that my chair was replaced because it was in line with the current guidelines for being "ergonomically" correct. For more than 2 weeks, I've referred to this chair as the pee pee chair because I feel as though it is truly a bio-hazard.

I deserve a new Cobi chair because I never had an opportunity to fight for my old one.

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46. Rachel K.
I just started a new job as a territory sales rep. for a vitamin company. I now have a lot of paperwork & products being sent to my home that I now need storage for. I currently do not have desk chair home in my new home office & I really need a product that is designed for comfort as well as style. The Cobi would be PERFECT for my new space. Thanks!

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47. Duct Tape Can't Fix Everything  |  Ryan O.
At the end of last semester, I had just sat down to work on my end of the semester papers, of which I had five, when the director chair I had been using as a desk chair ripped and I fell through it onto the floor! Needless to say, I had to improvise a duct tape solution to hold the chair together (and feel the chair slowly start giving way throughout finals). I would send a picture, but I decided it was probably better to throw the chair out when I moved.

Now I'm starting a new degree and I am, sadly, chairless. I should win a Cobi because I am a poor college student whose crappy chair gave out

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48. Corporate Cube-Farm Refugee  |  Luke N.
You know those cautionary-tale advertisements they air on television warning teenagers how one tiny wrong decision could lead to a lifetime of wretched addiction and despair? Well, this is my cautionary tale, and it's about the lure of aesthetics.

I once had a desk chair that was a standard refugee from a corporate cube-farm. Plastic, black upholstery, swiveling this and pivoting that, and adjustable whatchamacallits. It was comfortable. It supported my back. And, according to the promotional material it shipped with, it also attended to my ''lumbar'', whatever that is. But it was ugly. Unfashionable. Deathly boring. It was the Chartered Accountant of desk chairs: Reliable, dependable, and utterly devoid of character.

So I went to an antique store, and bought a lovely old oak office chair. You know the type - it would fit in perfectly behind the desk of a small-town banker. It had a deep patina and personality and charm in spades. Comfortable? No, but that could easily be remedied with a cushion, right? And besides, how long would I really be sitting in it? Fourteen hours straight, was the answer. Working on my dissertation proposal (I''m a grad student). Until my poor shoulder blades were numb. Until my posterior ached. Until I developed a sudden, profound understanding of what a lumbar was and why one should attend carefully to it. I have erred. I have valued form over function. I have scoffed at half a century of ergonomics research and design innovation.

I repent. Sweet mercy, I repent. Give me a decent chair, would you?

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49. Bend It Like... a Circus Side-Show Act  |  Jordan F.
As a freelance designer, I spend most of my day sitting on my [tushie -ed.]. But frequently, my [tushie -ed.] gets sore and I shift my weight to my elbow, or curl up my feet onto the seat. The Cobi appeals to me because it was designed to support those like me who contort and bend like a circus side-show act. The chair I am currently sitting in has become painful. All adjustment levers have been chewed off by my dog, the cardboard lining is either bent or completely broken in several places, and if I lean back even the slightest bit, I risk breaking my neck from being thrown backwards over the seatback due to a broken lever lock. When I bought it about eight years ago, it was the display model at Office Depot (the only one they had left). and I got a discount because of a few mysterious stains. It is likely that these were the products of children who took the chair for a ''spin'' on the showroom floor.

Please help me make my sedentary lifestyle both more enjoyable and comfortable. Thank you. :)

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50. Faith L.
My home office is multipurpose. I have a very long table with my laptop where I blog, sell items on etsy, my sewing machine and serger and yet, I am sitting at a cast-off kitchen chair (circa 1985) from my old apartment building where I no longer live. I''ve been waiting for the perfect chair, looking, window shopping and the right one (at the right price) hasn''t come along. The orange Cobi would match perfectly with my steel blue office! Pick me!

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51. Matthew W.
I need an office chair because I''m starting a biz based out of my home (and hotel) - unexpectedly.

The gory details: I'm a marketing strategist. I've been working in NYC for a while doing big brand strategy but my family wanted to come down south. I found an "agency" here in Chattanooga and we moved down because they basically asked me to take it over and make it many times larger than it was. The opportunity was stellar.

Four weeks after starting, it was over. If I told you the details of why, you'd puke on the beautiful Cobi so I'll spare you. So I'm living in a hotel with my family trying to start a new business just waiting to get into our rental house. I'm working with a couple of local guys I've just met on my idea and I'm filling up all those little notepads that say Residence Inn at the top with tiny handwriting from pens that say Residence Inn also, using the Residence Inn guest services binder as a writing surface, starting my business. Luckily, soon I'll be out of the Residence Inn and into a cool house.

Now the part why the Cobi is important: I'm moving from a tiny apartment, and thus, have no office chair. So I'm expecting to spend loads and loads of time on a couch with my new netbook taking the ideas off these Residence Inn pads and putting them into action. The chair would be nice. Just thinking about it, I feel a tiny tear take shape. :) Seriously, I hate telling that story. Every time I tell it I feel like I'm a scammer (which I'm not). But, I would like a chair. Also, this is a cool campaign. You guys have a good Twitter foundation. I'm inspired seeing companies like you with digital DNA. It's nice.

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52. Just Another Under-funded College Student  |  Katy R.
As an underfunded college student, I currently don't even have a desk chair in my room! I just sit on my bed, which gives me back pain. It would be beneficial to my studies to have a beautiful Cobi chair!

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53. Scott B.
Well first of all I am not a writer so this is my attempt at a good story. I do sit most of the day in front of a computer screen like most people these days. I almost did not submit for this contest because I'm only a geek who wants an awesome chair. I am a bit hyperactive so I change my seating position a lot thus a Cobi will accommodate me well in that respect. I wonder if me sitting Indian Style is going to work comfortably? Here goes some basic informational stuff. I'm a thirty year old male now and gay.

So in gay years I am about 210; yes we age like dogs apparently. So that should deserve a chair right? I''m no longer smooth chested, no six pack, and have a little bit of a receding hairline. Would this chair improve my online dating life? I believe so! Roughly I need this chair to improve my posture and chances to score! If anything I will score bonus points for a fabulous designer chair! Pick me the middle aged gay man aging fast!

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54. Tamara M.
I am a very petite person (5'0") and I have all kinds of trouble when it comes to office seating. Every single desk chair I've ever sat in is uncomfortable in some way. They just don't fit me! As a college student, I am unable to pay for a well-designed office chair so I am stuck with poorly made, awkward chairs. I am constantly changing positions, moving the chair around, switching chairs, and nothing seems to help.

With a chair like the Cobi, I wouldn't have to worry about that discomfort any longer. As a design/communications student, I spend a lot of time in both my school work and professional work sitting in a chair at the computer. This would be the perfect addition to my desk. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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55. Natasha C.
When you walk into a room, nothing quite grabs your eye like a vibrant colored Cobi chair stuck to the side of a desk. And what's the first thing you think when you see it? I for one think about the prospect of plopping myself down, nuzzling into the chair and using is to propel myself across the room. The wheels sliding across the wooden floorboards as your zipping by the less favored furniture in your room gives you the sort of satisfaction that only a good chair could give you. The feeling that ensues afterwards makes one feel five-years old again, something we all need once in a while.

As a college student who is stressed out on a day-to-day basis, please let allow me to be that five-year old and zip across my room on a new, fresh chair.

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56. Conni E.
My name is Conni Evans and I need a new home office chair desperately! I was laid off from my Interior Design gig way back in January and have been trying to get a tiny Interior Design business off the ground. As a workstation, I am alternating between my dining room table, my living room sofa and my bed. None of these are ideal as you can imagine. My current most stable hard seating surface is a dining room chair. It's pathetic, I know, but I can't afford to invest in a proper chair at this point.

The Cobi chair is a beautiful piece of furniture that I would love to own. Being a designer, I spend much of my day bent over drawing, staring at a computer screen, and face-planted into my hand on the phone. I love that the Cobi offers support for all of these utterly awkward positions! I hope that being the proud owner of a great chair, with ample support for all of my positions will cut down on my eventual need for costly chiropractic sessions. That the Cobi has earned a Cradle to Cradle certification makes the chair a perfect addition to my practice, in-line with the ideals my business is trying to push forward in design. Did I mention how cute the chair is?!

As a means of procrastination, I have already specified my Cobi configuration. (White, fixed arms and Maya Blue). So, fine people of Smart Furniture, I hope that you will consider me for a chair upgrade. The Cobi and I will have a lasting and beautiful relationship, built on mutual respect and admiration. Thank you very much for your consideration.

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57. Staceyjoy E.
I own a small, indie boutique in Brooklyn, and in September, I'm opening another branch of the shop in tiny, historic Red Hook, Brooklyn. We frequently ZIG while others ZAG. There is an Ikea there, and my shop needs to be the ultimate ANTI-Ikea. TO have this beautiful, functional, well made COBI chair to rest my rear on all day, every day, visible to my new customers, would be a major joy!! Our budget makes the traditional shoestring look fat, and I've been pondering how we're going to park it...

Thank you! RedLipstick Loves You no matter what!

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58. Melissa L.
I'm a first year law student about to embark on the beginning of a career working for immigrant and refugee rights. After I graduate, even with scholarships, I'll be saddled with debt and I'll be entering into a field not known for making millionaires, let's say. And while this gives me no pause, having a comfortable, beautifully crafted Cobi to sit at to study and work, would be unbelievably cool. Also, PLEASE! :)

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59. Derek H.
My old discount-store purchased office chair is falling apart and it has NEVER agreed with my back. And I spend a lot of time in that stupid chair! Imagine me lounging in my new beautiful Cobi chair day in and day out... I may not know if I'm at work or on vacation as the Cobi looks so comfortable... I may not be able to tell. I'm certain that, given it's stylish looks, I will instantly become much more appealing to the opposite sex as well. Time will tell.

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60. Beverly R.
I would like this chair for my fiance. He is what I would kindly call "frugal". His current desk chair, which he spends a lot of time on, is a metal folding chair that he is borrowing from work. The best part: the chair has a little sticker that says "do not remover from closet" stuck to the back of it. I''m hoping we can return the borrowed bounty soon and get a comfortable chair with tons of style such as the Cobi!

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61. William M.
So I was going to write a little something about why I want a Cobi chair. I wasn't going to be dishonest, I was just going to make the story sound as sappy as possible. I admit, I was going to use GUILT. But, I read through some of the stories already submitted and you know what, I can't compete against a foster mom who needs a chair for her kids or with the guy who's chair squeaks every time he sits. So really, I'm no different than anyone else.

I could tell you how hard it is to be me but our daily lives aren't harder than anyone else's. I can tell you that the whole "find your center of gravity" concept appeals to my dorky side. I wonder how the chair will feel for me as opposed to my wife who has a different center of gravity ;)

Either way, I would buy a chair if I could. But I can't. They don't call us starving grad students for nothing. Right now my wife (the grad student, I'm just holding down the fort until she is done in 300 yrs) uses a folding lawn chair because it was the most reasonable option at Goodwill. But hey, I'm not complaining. The lawn chair does the job.

So there it is. The truth. We could use the chair. The center of gravity thing appeals to my less socially acceptable side and I wonder how the debate about color or whether the chair should have arms will go. My wife always manages to find some damn compelling reason why her idea is better and its mostly because she just wants the opposite of what I want. Anyhow, award us a chair and if we get it without the arm rests its because she managed to convince me that it was better somehow. Or maybe it will be because I just gave in after I realized how absurd it is to argue about something so trivial.

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62. Breanna T.
I have recently been diagnosed with Adult Scoliosis and the spine in my neck has turned. The doctor said that one of the most important things I can do to help my condition is to get a really good office chair. The chairs at work are sub-par and there is no way that my boss would spring for a specialty chair for me. I could purchase my own, but frankly I can't afford a $500 + office chair.

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63. Stacey D.
I should win a Cobi chair because the office chair I am currently using is a hand-me down, and it has seen better days. I am a Design student so I appreciate the look and style of the Cobi chair, and I sit at my desk A LOT, so I would definitely appreciate the comfort of a Cobi chair.

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64. Dan M.
I am a graphic designer who is also a runner, rugby player, and skier. I play hard then I have to spend countless hours sitting in my cube on the most uncomfortable office chair this side of the Mississippi. Please hear my cries! I love the design and if I won not only would I be a staunch supporter of your product, I'd also let the entire company know that the lamest office chair has been replaced with a work of art! I bow down.

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65. Abel G.
My home office chair is falling apart. The pleather is peeling and I''ve lost one of the screws keeping it together. I've been saving up for a Steelcase Leap chair, but I''ve had a lot of expenses lately. Years ago I was working for a company that moved to a new office building at the Howard Hughes center near LA. When we got in the new place the management leased a hundred Leap chairs for everyone to sit on. Someone decided they liked it so much they snuck one out late at night. After that there was a big chastising from management and security cameras installed in the building. The Leap was the most comfortable chair I ever used and I still wish it would have been me sneaking a chair out of the office...

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66. The Ninjaneer  |  Wendy K.
The office chair I have now is pathetic! It pops and squeaks with every small move and rattles the entire house. I'm pretty sure it wakes the whole neighborhood when I'm trying to work at the desk late at night. The Cobi looks like it's sleek and quiet - the perfect office chair for a ninja. In my case, a ninjaneer.

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67. James C.
I just moved into a new (unfurnished) apartment in the East Village a month back and have been trying to find a chair that looks like it works with the other furniture - the high-backed leather office chair is too big, and so on for several tries, all utter failures. I am currently chair-less and a Cobi chair would not only brighten up the apartment and make the room (finally) work, but make me the envy of everyone who just popped by for tea.

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68. Stacy D.
Because I worked for Herman Miller for six years prior to starting material*girl and honestly, I'm dying to *really* check out the former competition. With it's sleek, scooped back, small scale, sheik colors and sustainable footprint, Steelcase Cobi is looking simply stylish! How ever shall I know how it sits? Oh, wait... {fingers crossed}

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69. Ayako K.
I would love to give this to my mom who is an incredible stained glass artist. The chair she currently uses is a wooden arm-chair sans arm and back. She needs the support! This chair would be awesome....

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70. Timothy B.
I'm a third year medical student spending nearly 80 hours per week in the hospital. Of the little "awake time" I get at home, I of course am stuck at my desk studying. Currently, I have a university-provided desk chair that is made of plastic (with no cushion or arms). Frankly, I cannot think of anything that would make my life better than being able to do that studying while sitting in one of the most beautiful, stylish, and comfortable chairs available.

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71. Change That Sits Well With Us  |  Alexander M.
US Diplomacy is written on chairs. Every U.S. Embassy is awash with them - chairs for the Ambassador as he meets with the Foreign Minister to discuss the army mobilizing at the borders; chairs for the Marine staff sergeant and his squad to protect the entrance; a chair for the consular officer stamping visa forms to masses of would-be-emigres. Chairs are the capillaries of bureaucracy, the crucial support of public servants against the harrowing world of terrorists, narco-traffickers and WMDs.

They were a comfort to me late at night as I watched the glow of rockets in the distance and listened for the rumbling of tanks. As I sit in the secure Political Section of the Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, I thought about the war that broke out last August between the Georgians and the Russians. Displaced families from the conflict zone were stripped of everything, including chairs to sit on. The war is over, and many of the refugees live in special, tightly packed housing areas with bright green roofs. I'm not sure what kind of chairs they have in their temporary homes.

I think of the chair in my office - uncomfortable and with no support - realizing that this is how many Georgians perceived the United States - unwilling or unable to help. Vice President Biden recently came to Georgia to reassure the people that the U.S. supports their country's unity and prosperity. Secretary Clinton has worked tirelessly to ensure that other nations know that the U.S. has their back. I thought to myself, if diplomacy is written on chairs, my office chair should match the lofty ideals of my administration - as Obama might say, we need change that sits well with us. Georgia, and the U.S. State Department, needs a Cobi chair.

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72. Alexander L.
I have a nice quality, albeit somewhat back-straining, chair from Steelcase. It has a very attractive albeit sedate striped fabric. It is functional but barely. I work in a creative business. I need color. My butt needs something comfortable and colorful to enjoy all day. The Cobi could rock my world. Times are tough. Sitting shouldn''t be.

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73. Cheryl A.
I don't want to win this chair for me, I want to win it for my fiance. He just moved to Cleveland from South Florida to be with me. In order to save money for the wedding and other expenses he decided to get rid of all his furniture and pack what he could into his hatchback and drive up. Being a techie geek and an Apple employee, I feel like it's really important for him to have a great desk chair at home but we just don't have the money for it at the moment. I'd love to win one of these great Cobi chairs for him and add a little style to our home office!

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74. Mateo P.
We are small design firm of 5 people. Our interest is to design simple and elegant solutions to the problems at hand. Clearly the Cobi chair is the result of a similar design logic. And 5 chairs would be the perfect fit for our 5-person company.

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75. Charles S.
I am hopelessly devoted to the color orange. I just bought an orange chair the other evening just so I could sit in it while my wife is away on vacation. Orange is my mistress. This Cobi chair could be my next mistress.

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76. Bionic Woman  |  Whitney G.
Dear Cobi: March 31st, 2009 I was hit by a car while crossing the street one block from my office. Although it hurt a great deal, I am apparently the bionic woman and walked away with "only" chronic low back pain and a bruised tailbone that won't quit. I yearn for a flexible, comfortable chair like you, Cobi, with decent lumbar support in lieu of the poser-version of an ergonomics chair that I've supplemented with a full-size pillow from home.

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77. Patrick G.
I need a new home-office chair because right now I'm sitting a physio ball, and it's just not comfortable. I want a cobi chair so I can show it off to my friends, and because they are [great-ed.] chairs. Plain and simple. Enough said.

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78. Ben G.
I'm 160 pounds of which a good 10 is butt. Despite all that cushion, I've yet to find a good work chair for my office. Sure my butt is fine but the lower back hurts. Cobi...come to my rescue!

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79. Diana J.
I need help! The chair I'm sitting on it about 75 years old - I'm serious! There's no back support, it's big and clunky. I have a new hip and I need a happy hippy experience. I need cool and breathing! Please help me. I should win a Cobi because I'm cool and it's cool. Pick me! I''m the winner!!!

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