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180. Dominique P.
I have a social media/culture/eco/trends business. I am in the middle of rebranding and recreating my new company. I've taken space in a great atelier with other creatives who make things happen in collaboration. I will be blogging on trends, products, eco, green and culture/social media. I love my new space, but the chairs are all straight back dining chairs that exist because it used to be a very cool home furnishings store...I need a good chair that responds to my very physical way of working : moving around : blogging/writing : meeting people : spending way too much time on my computer : making presentations to influencers.

I'd love a Cobi, because you think about design and well-sourced materials, but mostly because you make it in a good green and fabulouse orange! Thanks for reading.

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181. Gone to the Dogs  |  Barbara B.
I need to win a new Cobi because mine have literally gone to the dogs and here's the pic to prove it! On the right is Baby Beef in my old abysmal corporate gold monstrosity salvaged from a former job and I don't mind that too much, but on the left are The Winch, little Digger and Lou ensconced in my GOOD office chair! Look at their expressions and body language, do you think they''re giving that chair up???? Uh-uh, they even insisted on pillows and I'M the one using the rickety old IKEA Direktor's chair, how ancient is THAT?

I list slightly to one side at my computer and the casters are funky so I can''t roll around or move without creaking, besides which I had to sew up a rip on the back of it and disguise it with magic marker. At least The Winch (AKA The White Grinch - he's tiny, and grouchy, and mean) is not causing too much trouble about seating arrangements anymore, but it would sure be better if I could give him the IKEA chair all to himself.

A Cobi would be perfect for me, they look really comfortable and I'd be able to move around without getting seasick. Plus, I just love the fact that I can design my own Cobi! I've gone to dogs for some time now, but winning a great customized chair like this Cobi could help me take back my power, so please consider saving me. Thank you, and happy judging!

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182. Jessica S.
Susan and I have been together for about 5 years and I really couldn't have asked for a better chair. Let me tell you her story.

Susan is a black metal folding chair that I rescued from the dumpster outside of my apartment. Her original use was on the back deck of the new house I was moving into (you know college kids, if it works we'll take it... even if it is on its way to the landfill). During the move, the shiny sleek desk chair that I had purchased at the local office supply store fell out of the back of my friend's truck and into a thousand pieces. I was stuck, with no desk chair and of course no cash to buy a new one. That's when I remembered the metal chair I had found by the dumpster, I named her Susan.

Our relationship began instantly as I moved into the new house, what can I say? Susan was a lifesaver. We were inseparable, But I'm not going to lie though, our relationship has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. At first I thought it was a perfect idea to use her as a desk chair. It would cut back on my dilly dallying and procrastination because I would loathe sitting in her uncomfortably cold metal seat. Good idea, until I realized once my bottom went numb it was hopeless anyway. Yet Susan has supported me throughout my college years and into the brave new adult world.

She hasn't complained once as she patiently sat there as I struggled through exams, kept her up all night writing papers until 4am, and lets not forget her loyalty during the hours of procrastination as I perused pictures on Facebook. She''s let me stand on her to reach items on the top shelf and cleaned up easily after mystery liquids here spilled on her during house parties. But like I said, things between Susan and I have not always been smooth. Like the time I fell over her blindly in the dark and hit my head on the desk, or all of those hours in front of the computer when she caused my back to ache and my hind parts to go dumb as I worked diligently on projects.

Susan and I's love/hate relationship over the years has taken a sour turn since I graduated from college and started my professional career. I work from home, which in essence means I work form home with Susan and she and I have been fighting a lot recently. She doesn''t care for my long hours of emails, calls, and designing. She continuously forces me to move to the couch and away from my dual monitors on the regular. I think its time for the both of us to move on.

So when I heard that you guys were giving away a Cobi I just knew an escape hatch had finally opened. I mean look at Susan, she is not even halfway as polished, innovative, smooth and gorgeous as Cobi. I'm ready to leave Susan behind, and a sleek replacement like Cobi is my ticket out of this relationship rut. I feel like we'd really hit it off and I'd love to get to know Cobi better.

Cobi, will you be mine?

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183. David S.
I would love to have the Cobi chair. My company is creating an event hosted in Alameda, CA this October dedicated to bring the leading eco-friendly companies together at what we have labeled as an Eco Summit. The name of the event is The Ki (www.theki.net). Understandably sustainability is our number one priority. (PS. we should partner and you can display your Cobi chairs at the event!)

Anyway, the chairs at our home office are wood and uncomfortable. Our team spends countless hours sitting on them doing our best to build clients and partners and reaching out to the sustainable sector. The chairs are so uncomfortable we have had to put pillows from our beds on them but this only helps so much. I would never buy a new chair that is not creating with the planet as a top priority so your Cobi chair is the perfect solution! I will send a picture of the chair I currently sit on so you can see what I am dealing with. Even if I do not win the chair please contact me so we can discuss The Ki event and having your lovely product at our event!

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184. Ben D.
This chair would be a welcome addition to my mother's home. She is currently going through a divorce and with two desktops and only one computer chair in the house, there is currently a heated debate over who gets the Yorkshire dog-gnawed $50 Office Depot pleather special once the seperation occurs and her soon to be (ex)husband moves out of the house. While her (ex)husband currently uses the computer chair, she utilizes an old wooden back breaker to complete hours of computer work for her second job. I suggested that the sole computer chair be cut in half and a piece given to each party. However, my mother, insisted that the chair be spared and given to her (ex)husband, as she would rather see the chair live on rather than meet its demise.

For this wisdom, I believe she should receive a brand new customized Cobi Chair. This new chair will symbolize her transition towards a new life of sustainability and self-independence. As she moves on and relieves herself from the problems and stress created from a failed 19 year marriage, the Cobi too will sense the weight of the failed marriage coming off and adjust for her new center of gravity as it adapts to the contours of her body further eliminating lingering bad chi. At five feet tall, the adjustable seat height will also prove handy. Due to the fact that the high temperature in her home City of Tucson, Arizona was a sizzling 108 just yesterday, the "airy" and breathable Cogent Connect 3D Fabric will also be of benefit in such a harsh, sweat invoking environment. Finally, with so many colors on the palette to choose from, she will be able to decide which is most appropriate to represent what the chair means to being on her own and new self sustainabilty.

Although no adultery was committed in the relationship, perhaps a nice black frame with beautiful scarlet upholstery will symbolize the presence of not only a new chair, but a new her.

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185. Paige V.
A STORY: SAD, BUT TRUE There once was a guy named Kirk who sat down at his desk to do work. Because the old chair was just made of wood, the comfort level was not really that good. As Kirk tilted back, his wife heard such a loud CRACK, that it was really no surprise when she opened up her eyes, and found Kirk sprawled in a splintery mess. "No more chairs made of wood!" Kirk announced that day as he picked up the pieces and swept splinters away. His wife was smart, as wives tend to be, so she got online and designed a Cobi! "Please let us win," she whispered a prayer, "It's hard to do work when you have no chair!"

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186. Barry L.
Teaching about sustainable infrastructure to landscape architecture students at the University of Minnesota will be a sedentary occupation with most of my time spent writing my lectures from home. My current home office chair is a thrift store diamond-in-the-rough, Eames knock-off that looks cool, but ends up being a pain-in-the-butt after a long day of writing. I've been jonesing for a cradle-to-cradle seat since MBDC started certifying chairs, but this economy has prevented any splurges for new furniture. The comfort promised by a Cobi chair would enable better writing by increasing my focus and ability to work for as long as it takes, and allow me to practice what I teach.

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187. Rebecca S.
Welcome to the office of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. Baby Bear (age 3) uses a tiny wooden chair that keeps breaking! It doesn't help that he keeps stealing the screwdriver and taking the screws out. That makes Mama and Papa Bear GROWL! Papa Bear bought Mama Bear an expensive red office chair for her birthday a few years ago. Unfortunately, the chair is just too big and there is no comfortable position it can be put in for her. Since Papa Bear had back surgery last year, he took the chair for himself. Sometimes Mama Bear steals it back and re-adjusts it into strange positions. That makes Papa Bear GROWL! Mama Bear is left with the super heavy clunky non-ergonomic non-adjustable chair with an ancient ripped-up back pillow. Baby bear likes to throw the pillow on the floor! Mama Bear got in a car accident last year and was in physical therapy for whiplash for 9 months until the insurance stopped paying for it! Sitting at her desk for extended periods of time makes her want to GROWL with pain.

Mama Bear is looking for the perfect Cobi chair so her neck and shoulders can relax a bit while she blogs and writes her children's books. If she wins a new Cobi chair, Cobi gets a great big BEAR HUG from the whole family!

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188. Brian P.
I would love to win a Cobi because my back is killing me! I currently have a swopper and oh, how I miss some back support. Save me please!

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189. Elizabeth T.
A beautiful, brilliant chair that self adjusts, looks like a dream, and has a Cradle to Cradle Silver Product Certification from MBDC? I would love to reside in the new Cobi chair. Why?

1: I have a small sustainable architecture and landscape design business. This beautiful chair fits my aesthetic and my values. After receiving a professional degree, with five years of working, I went back to school for a graduate degree from the University of Virginia. I believe that design must lead the cultural revolution to sustainability. This chair does that beautifully. Red, please.

2: I fell in an ice storm in college in 1993. The doctor said, "You must choose a new profession. You'll never do anything that involves drawing or computers." My response, "Ommmmmm..." I did yoga. It worked where the perscribed drugs didn't. To stay comfortable with long drawing runs, I move a lot: sit in different positions on the floor, in various chairs borrowed from the house. It makes it challenging to move things around, but it keeps my body happy.

This chair sounds like it would do what other chairs don't: support the human body in creative activity. Montana response: Yee-ha!

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190. Jeffery S.
I would like to win a Cobi office chair for my wife, who suffers from back aches. We have gone through three chairs in as many years. The first chair was black, small and too hard. The second chair was black, extra soft, high backed, sturdy arm rests, but too large for our small office space. The third and present chair is black, small, armless, and cushioned with several chair pads. Cobi chairs are design for back support and with the variety of color choices, my wife might start purring again, like she use to do.

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191. Andrija V.
First of all, I like Cobi:) I work from home, spending lots of hours at the computer screen. I am a fundraiser for the eco-village movement in my country. We have just completed a first strawbale bungalow, yipeeee! Still, I do too much fundraising and too little strawbale building, as the other boys and girls are no good with English and numbers and all that boring stuff. As a result, my back is starting to get stiff. Help me Cobi!;)

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192. Andrija V.
I need a new chair as my current chair is a dining room chair which is not good for my back - especially when I put my feet up on the desk lean back on the back two legs & have my mac laptop on my knees. Have nearly ended up on the floor many times due to this - I need a Cobi smart chair so I dont hurt myself by falling off chairs :)

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193. Leona S.
I have needed a new chair since my Mother gave me her old one. My husband recently got out the channel locks to tighten the back to it will stay in the position I need it in. I can't adjust the height to the best position it is always too high or too low. I have been vizualizing myself in an eco-friendly ergonomic chair for a couple of years waiting for the money to afford such. My husband keeps saying, "Well, I'm sure we can afford something that would be better than what you have now," and yes we can but...I don't want to have to buy another chair for a very long time so I want the one that I want.

It is also a reflection of who I am as a person. I have always been an environmentalist/conservationist....use cold water to wash our clothes in a front loading machine, hang dry those clothes, use cloth not paper towels for cleaning, take my own bags that I tie-dyed with my kids to grocery shop and now I am in school for a degree in Energy Services and Technology so I can help others coserve energy and live more sustainably. I also incorpated a business for this purpose a few years ago and spend A LOT of time in my office chair.

I need one that supports my body and my beliefs...Cobi is it. Please choose me.

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194. Daniel F.
As a man of a taller stature, I worry a lot about my posture. My slouch has turned me into a modern day Quasimodo, and I need a change! I sit in my office chair with at least one foot under my butt at all times. I have tried to get comfortable after a few hours, but I always end up in some really confusing and painful position. I have fallen backwards in my chair at work more than once.

First off, I have a chair that reclines to about a 45° angle. When in this position, I tend to yawn a lot. Combined with a full arm stretch, and I don't stand a chance. Next thing I know, I'm the topic at the water cooler. Those positions work, but only for a few minutes, then I need to change it up again. If only there was a chair built for me! I need something that supports multiple postures, and gives me the flexibility to sit ANY way I want to.

As far as I can tell, the Cobi chair is for me!

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195. Arthur C.
I am a 59 year old college teacher who spends too many hours sitting on his butt. Lesson plans, rubrics, tests, and grading, are interleaved with whatever escapism I can find on the internet, usually news. A tip for procrastinators, StumbleUpon is useful for delaying work being completed. I teach in an interior design program and have a keen sense of the importance of a supportive chair, particularly as I age and arthritis reminds me of that fact. Everyone and their mother has tried designing the perfect chair.

Chairs are far more complex than they seem because our bodies are not designed for extended periods of sitting. It is the design equivalent of getting Teflon to stick to metal, how is that done? Museums are often the last place to look for a well-thought-out chair. A well used and comfortable chair is likely to be too worn and broken down to interest a museum.

Support a teacher, give him a Cobi chair!

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196. Thuhien N.
I just did something "incredibly stupid" as my relatives like to say. I recently quit my "secure" day job to start my own business, despite the current recession. Even though its counter-intuitive to perceived rational thought, the independence in running my business, much like my ideals in recycling and renewable energy is something that is necessary and is a step in the right direction. It's my hope to get to the point where my business is eco-friendly and economically sustainable.

The Cobi chair will help reinforce everything I believe in - a greener healthier earth, despite the initial greater financial expense, and the fact that I can really do this!

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197. Carla G.
There is no reason why I, over anyone else, should win a Cobi, but I think it'd be very nice to win one because I spend a lot of time at my desk writing about food on my free wellness blog: OneHealthyGirl.com. Thank you for this opportunity!

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198. Sharon C.
Just droolin' over ther fixed arm Cobi office chair with a Platinum frame in Wasabi colored upholstery.......droolin'. But, at least I do not have to worry about the drool messing up my current crappy office chair.

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199. Georgia M.
A Cobi chair would be the center of attention in my office.

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200. Greg V.
I want to win this for my wife. She's developed back pain working at her desk at home. One of these Cobi chairs will be awesome for her back!

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201. Vivien E.
My office was doing demolition throughout the building, and throwing away all sorts of furniture. As my boss and I walked around the executive floors surveying the wreckage, I found this amazing clawed foot desk sitting in the office, floodlights beaming upon it as though the angels were watching over it. I was able to rescue that desk from oblivion, but now it is a desk without a chair. I think the Cobi will make a nice partner for it.

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202. Alex K.
The Cobi chair is the perfect fit for a hobbled marketing director! It lets me indulge my problem back to style and comfort every day.

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203. Sylvia W.
Because my current office chair is like some sort of torture device - and I mean my actual office chair not my home office chair (which is nice). I work for an architecture firm and they purchased great new chairs for us 2 years ago. While these chairs look spiffy and very sleek they have ended up being the most uncomfortable chair I have sat in - I actually asked for my old chair back! The seat cushioning (or lack of)creates pressure points that are unbearable. The seat pan adjuster is always breaking and the back has almost no lumbar support.

If I won the contest for a new Cobi chair I would be the happiest person in Boston.

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204. Erin S.
Frequent visits to my chiropractor tell me that I HAVE to find a good chair for my home office (btw: I work out of my home). Lower back pain, upper back pain. I just sit too much not to have a good solid chair. The Cobi chair sounds amazing, and I would love the opportunity to experience one. I would be so grateful!!

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205. Darren P.
I have just finished architecture grad school so I completely understand the benefits of a well-designed chair. Spending about 18 hours a day on a computer working on projects and now applying for jobs and design competitions, my stiff chair is taking a major toll on my back. It's hard to stay motivated when the chair you're sitting in is putting you in physical pain.

Furthermore, I have just passed the LEED exam for New Construction, and am completely invested in sustainability and would love to own a Cobi chair that exemplifies good, smart design and will help me continue my passion for architecture.

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206. Inga B.
This fall I''m taking an on-line design class. My first ever! I''d like to do so in comfort and style. For 15 years I've had a tweedy, squeaky, itchy, downright yukky chair When what I really need to succeed is a comfy, luxury, artsy, downright smarty Cobi!

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207. Kat M.
As a poor design student struggling through grad school the importance of my desk chair is monumental. During those 18 hr days that turn into weeks and months my only companion is the chair I have literally molded myself to. My old ikea chair is feeling the pressure of extended use and abuse and if it sees another semester through it might just throw its arms down in protest and refuse to participate actively in my life. While paying my dues as an intern at various architecture firms I''ve had the luxury of resting my tush on many a comfortable chair, but I have yet to be blessed by the chair gods with the delights the ultimate package, a chair with comfort and a conscience.

As a LEED AP I strive to integrate mother earth into my life. The Cobi chair is the mecca my tush has been praying for, sustainability and a serene place for my creative juices to flow. What designer could ask for more? My graduate thesis needs me to be reclining in the glory of a well-designed, environmentally friendly, aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture built to accommodate me!

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208. Nikki L.
Office chairs and I aren't friends. Maybe it's because I''m petite. I mean REALLY petite, being under five feet makes me feel like I'm in a world made for giants. My feet dangle off of my chair and only reach my foot stool on a good day. My arms are outstretched to reach my keyboard and I can't imagine how goofy I look to the normal sized folk I work with. It may be silly, but I''m starting to look for creative ways to finally be comfortable. After sitting in this chair for 9.5 hours a day (I eat lunch at my desk too) I think it's time I look for something a little more suitable.

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209. Matthew K.
My home office chair consists of, well, whichever chair I borrow from the dinning room table or even just sit on the couch. Well to be perfectly honest, the lack of a aesthetically pleasing office chair has caused me to have no office at all. But I miss having an office area...if I could only have one of those stunningly clean lined chairs!

The Cobi sports minimal ornamentation and allowing me to sit in a variety of different positions and postures will greatly help my discomfort and distraction of my lumbar disc herniation. The ultra clean design would compliment my minimalist modern apartment!

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210. Matthew K.
Well, I am a new designer at 55 years old. After 31 successful years in film and TV, I decided to go back to school for architecture and interior design. I am just completing my first house from ground up. It will be my home office as well as a Showcase House to show potential clients my talents. I have designed every inch including the furniture. The house is in the Hollywood Hills, so it is a perfect location to show my contemporary designs. Now that I am out of money, and I wouldn't attempt to design an office chair , I would love to be considered.

The Cobi chair has the aestetic beauty and ergonomics to blend into my space. My office desk was designed around a left over 6" x 14'' I-Beam, and is quite interesting. Thanks so much for your consideration.

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211. Ashley M.
I should win a Cobi so I can give it to my husband for his birthday! We''re moving in to a new house soon, and a Cobi chair would be absolutely great in his new office. Not to mention he would freak out if I gave him one!

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212. Allison P.
Cobi is smart design for smart, forward thinking designers (LIKE ME!) designing tomorrow's environments. I live by example and I would love to add the Cobi to my office environment!

I am a Sustainable Design Coordinator living-working in the tri-state metropolitan area on the east coast. I am a past-chair of Emering Green Builders and have watched with amazement the acceleration and transformation of the green design movement. The Cobi is a sign of better times! I believe in the integrity of ''live what you believe'' and have inspired colleages, friends and family with smart design thinking through the way I have designed my office and home environments with cool sustainable design furnishings and their integrated story.

The Cobi is a launching seat to the future of sustainability and its motivation. The magnetic visual aesthetics and comfort appeal would make my coolie feel truly cool and my colleagues envious for more Cobi smarts! Orange Cobi crush for me and go-go green for my boss, please! I am in LOVE with this chair!

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213. Marie W.
I've recently begun sewing again. I'm "specializing" in making totes, purses, and quilts out of remnants from a sewing factory. Most of my items are made from 100% post-industrial content. I am hoping to be able to supplement my income with selling the items I sew. I have a great sewing machine, table, and room for sewing.

However, the chair I'm using is HORRIBLE. I have not found an affordable quality chair. Unfortunately, I can only sew for short periods of time before my back aches. Winning a Cobi chair would be wonderful since it would allow me to sew for longer periods of time.

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214. Julie K.
I don't know that I SHOULD win - but I really would LIKE to receive a Cobi.

I've been researching new office chairs since my husband and I redesigned our office. But we're stuck with our old chair. It's not visibly falling apart but neither one of us enjoys our time in it. We both have hip and knee issues that keep us fidgeting. The seat is too long for my legs so I have to scoot up on the front of the chair giving me no support for my back. He needs a hip replacement this winter - so his weight pulling down in the same spot really aggravates his hip! Not to mention it no longer holds its height and slowly falls while we're sitting in it!

The chair is such a sore spot for both of us that neither of spends time in our office anymore!!! He just lost his job last fall and is back in school following a new career path - I'd love to give him a comfotable chair to give him back the office as a place of study for him!

So - like I said - I can't say that we SHOULD win but we really would finally get enjoyment from a chair, our bodies and our office if we were to win this chair! Thanks for offering these chairs to needy folks!

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215. Amanda S.
I used to work in downtown Los Angeles, wearing a skirt & heels to the office everyday. I hated it, I was working to support other people's dreams and not my own... And most people's dreams revolve around money.... Boooo. So I walked away from the corporate world to pursue a writing career for myself.

So here I am, a single, 30 year old woman who is trying to be a writer. I have a desk... but no chair. I find myself sitting indian-style on my bed, typing away. I'd love a Cobi chair that will make me feel like a big girl, who's making the right decisions. Plus, my posture has gone to poop from hunching over!

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216. Jennifer H.
I've fallen and I can''t get up! I need the Cobi chair because my current desk chair has wheels which constantly come apart and have me falling all over- literally. I need a chair that will allow me to move intuitively. I think the Cobi is it. My posture and ego have certainly suffered enough. Please help my cause. Thanks for reading.

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217. Paul T.
My friends and I have created a multi-disciplinary firm devoted to helping new or current businesses re/create their image and become as sustainable and efficient as possible. We are in our first baby steps and have only had a few projects thus far but we are hoping to create a small studio space to work on competition entries and new projects and this Cobi chair would be a great addition/conversation start for potential clients. Cheers.

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218. Gloria V.
Ever since I retired on disability, I have been a volunteer teacher for the local Community College District, not allowing them to pay me so that the cost of the workshops can be kept as low as possible so anyone who needs it may attend. Spring and Fall semesters I present a series of 3 or now 4 workshops designed to help low-income students acquire skills for business success. Developing and editing the materials for these workshops keeps me glued to my desk for many hours each semester and my body is often shrieking in pain from the stress of a chair that does not fit properly.

I am a short woman and most chairs are designed for average or tall men. My numerous arthritic joints would greatly appreciate a Cobi chair that would be custom designed to fit me and suit my needs.

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219. Lucas S.
I am a web architect. As such I sit at a computer more often than not, so I tend to appreciate well designed office furniture. Further, I recently bought my first house! Now my wife, 11 month old son and unborn daughter have a nice place to spend the day. I, however, still have the same, grey cubicle with a sad-faced computer.

I don't really make purchases that benefit me, I tend to put everything else first. I have replaced all of my CFL bulbs with LED and I have plans to install solar panels in the next year, and while this will surely reduce energy consumption enough to afford a new office chair, I'm sure that any money saved has, effectively, already been spent.

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220. Tori E.
I am a non-stop, just turned 4-5 female, Mom, Marketer and Marathoner-in-Training who is constantly multi-tasking while awake. Whether I am working on my computer or running 16 miles when I do sit down, I'd prefer that it be stylish and comfortable. I'd love to be a proud owner of a new stylin' Cobi and promise to tell everyone I know all about it! Ya know, Momma (using the word mommy just doesn't sound as good) influencers have more power than you think... especially Happy Momma influencers because they tell 2 friends, who tell 2 friends, and so on.

Why does Tori want a Cobi? I am sure that Cobi's innovative design will provide me with daily tush cush while I work. Plus, afford me with a stylin advantage in our spontaneous office chair races! I am bit ambiguous about my current chair (not good, not bad) and believe that one does not know what one does not know until they know, ya know?

I believe that a Cobi chair fits my contemporary sense of style and lifestyle mindset and would stand out in our collaborative office environment - making it a conversation starter for everyone who visits our office. Lastly, I love the fact that Cobi has won design innovation awards plus it's low carbon footprint impact! Sustainable design makes me happy... yes, that's right, if I win, I will be one, happy Momma! It's more about want than need but now I really want and need one!

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221. Ric C.
I am sitting in a chair at a desk on the seventh floor of an office building, focusing on that which is outside, across that barrier of glass. A flag waves in the warm wind blowing off the Sound. A MAYA BLUE sky is creased by a single contrail. The stark, GRAPHITE blocks of a neighboring building and through one window of that building a woman - another superhero - working at her desk. I am dreaming now, of places I have been and will be, of TANGERINES gathered in my shirt and sitting beneath bamboo and thatch eaves watching a tropical sky turn all NICKEL and impenetrable way out over the ocean before the afternoon monsoon. Of LICORICE-flavored sweets in high Himalayan villages. Of the woman I love and the women I have loved.

Someone walks past my work area, my cubicle, carrying a plate or bowl of something reheated and overdone, something not made by her hands. I smell COCONUT. No. TURMERIC. I read an article recently called "The 13 Foods You Should Be Eating But Aren't." Turmeric was on that list, as were blueberries, as were sardines. In water, not olive oil.

I am wandering, with the wind. The flag is waving, whipping, wild in that wind. Farther along the waterfront the tall SCARLET legs of cranes rise above the port, above freighters bound for countries I have not yet visited, and bound to their many masters of commerce and industry. I can read so clearly the poorly lettered name in fading white against the ROOT BEER hull of one proud giant. I might see a man against the railing, watching me. I wonder if he, too, bears the hurt of living this life fully.

My back is on fire, as though some demonic sushi chef filleted my lower spinal column and injected green WASABI, now coursing, radiating, pulsing through my abdomen. It is Monday and I love Monday because I love my job, love teaching and training and building better places, and every Monday is a new chance. I am not just a builder, I am a green builder, a combination of biologist and engineer and artist. Like that man on the ship, I am a superhero. But on Monday, especially each Monday, I pay for the long weekends of play in the mountains and along the rivers and back roads of my city. I pay for hanging over forest canopies colored BASIL and diving into rushing, CONCORD streams, glacier-fed and glacier-cold. I pay for all those nights spent on hard ground, for brewing oil-thick coffee as the sun rises over all creation and a BLUE JAY flits to rocks near the fire to explore what is for breakfast. And daily I pay for working long hours at what I love, with this pain in my body that makes me question all that I do, though not what I am. Why must a full life carry such a price?

A man who works hard and plays hard should not need a MALT whiskey each morning to enable his work. There must be a better way, a solution to the pain that plagues me, that at times overwhelms even all of my love for this life. If only there were a sort of superhero vehicle, a miracle-working throne, for an everyday superhero such as me.

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222. Jason S.
How do you write in words how much a single chair would lift your heart and start one's life long journey of home owning? My girlfriend and myself just purchased a house together. We are looking at ways of making it the most eco-friendly house in the whole neighborhood. The first plan is to install a rain water collector and a solar powered DC pump to water the grass, garden, green house, and grape vines. And slowly from there, we will change the home to the envy of the neighbors. My girlfriend, Emily, is also a graphic designer and the kind of person who drools over post-modern furniture.

The style of the Cobi chair fits right into our love of the post-modern style.

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223. Susan W.
I should win a Cobi because my husband and I both have bad backs and that wonderful chair would really help our backs to feel bettr and in turn, we'd feel better, too. Here's a poem. Roses are red Violets are blue. I need a Cobi Completely thru!

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224. Benjamin B.
I think that I deserve a Cobi chair because some greedy architecture punk stole my stool from my studio! I'm a landscape architecture student at the University of Florida and I have unfortunately been the victim of the stool burglar. Though uncomfortably, for the last few years I have been enduring the back pains associated with on of those wooden bar stools you can buy at your uber-huge-retailer. Yes, it may have given me side-splitting pain after all-nighters up in the studio; and yes, it may have not been much to look at in comparison with someone's fancy $300 drafting stool; but it was MY chair!

It was original, with its own custom paint job and everything. And how does someone admire my beautiful yet cheaply made stool? Steal it and most likely, repaint it. The thief is probably one of my fellow college students and they probably spend their evenings reveling in how they took this poor fool's stool and repainted it and how his heart is broken over its loss... and the condition of his calves because he has to STAND ALL DAY to do his work!

Well enough lamenting from me. I really enjoy the craftsmanship that was applied to your chair''s design - especially the "weight activated seat mechanism." The fact that I can move around (Im fidgety at my desk, what can i say) and the chair will adjust with me is pretty cool. Also, as a design student, I really enjoy the color choices that are available, most normal desk jockeys couldn''t care less about these things, but I definitely appreciate them because my desk is my life at the moment.

Lastly, I think I deserve the Cobi chair (or stool!) because Im paying for college on my own and would never be able to afford this sort of luxury otherwise. So please, grant me this one wish for a good-lookin', comfy, and thankfully gratis Cobi chair and I will SING your praises from the rooftop of my architecture buidling... at 2 AM... when I'm still working on a project from the comfort of a great chair.

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225. Steve C.
My home office chair is preventing my upward mobility. That is, I work in a product design office where I enjoy a quite comfortable Aeron chair. I sit in that chair up to twelve hours a day, slaving on designs for clients. Yet when I come home, I sit in a hard wire Bertoia chair. While it is honestly a fetching design, my butt loses sensation and circulation, and my efforts to work on my portfolio at home are curtailed.

If only I had a Cobi, the blood might return to my posterior, and I could spend more time at home (and outside of my daytime office) creating that killer portfolio.

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226. Annie P.
My back does not like my current office chair and the Cobi chair looks very comfortable!

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227. Alex W.
I started at New Orleans' alternative news-weekly Gambit as just a small potato doing calendar listings in the paper's backpages. I was just out of college, had no money, and needed my first journalism gig. I pushed for more green and environmental coverage, at just 22 years old. Everyone has years on me, and much more journalism experience.

Earlier this year they asked me to head the monthly green and sustainable living section Green Matters as its editor. I spend more than 8 hours a day at my desk, writing and editing (and doing calendar listings, too). And my desk at home has no chair other than one I've had since I was 12. I need a comfortable place to work from home (and my desk chair at the office is on its way out, too). I'm slowly in the process of turning my apartment and office into a more eco-friendly environment, too, and the Cobi chair would help greatly. (And I can turn my old chair into a nice patio chair with a bit of elbow grease.) Please help!

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228. Jason P.
I've been using my current office chair since college, when we grabbed it out of a dumpster, refinished and recovered it. It's time to upgrade to a more "professional" look. The dumpster chair isn't cutting it anymore.

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229. Richelle T.
I want to win this for my husband because his desk chair is over 15 years old & while he sits in it, it slowly goes down and has to be readjusted every so often.

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230. Rui F.
Because I love design, and my friends say that I am a design snob. Support design snobbery - support your local design snob!!!!

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231. Jimmy A.
This may appear as being uninspired and dull but I really have no catchy/interesting story. Simply put, my current chair is broken. Broken wheel, cracked fake leather, wobbly back, etc. You name it this chair takes the cake. Surprisingly, it is still "sittable" but after looking at the Cobi chair and finding out about this contest I was sold. I admit, it being free also helped, a lot. Even if I don't win the contest, I think it's about time to buy a new one. Still it would be nice for this Mid 20's Canadian from Toronto to get it.

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232. Lenna G.
Just moved into a new house in January, our first one. I have a new home office, with windows (almost floor to ceiling) on two sides. I work a lot in the early morning and late at night, so dog-walkers can see me as I work - but I'm not too bothered by it. The best part is that starting in April I got an opportunity to write - and it's going well! I just love it (even though it's a pretty small gig) I know I'm lucky to be working at all.

My current chair is one of those "some company went out of business" chairs, from the first dot.com meltdown. It was in a storage facility for a while, and there was a cat that must have spent many nights in it - since it took me a good while to get the cat hair out of it - and I still occasionly find more. A few stains too. But I'm still using it, because while it's ugly as sin (cross between aqua/steal blue) it's more comfortable that anything else I have in the house.

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233. Aki T.
I've been looking for comfortable yet stylish office chair for long time. And this Cobi chair looks perfect for my needs (I'm very eco-minded!).

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234. Joshua S.
I'm simply a broke student of architecture hell-bent on reducing my ecological footprint. I've been in Los Angeles for five years now and have survived thus far without a car, by my own choice. I've gone the past three years on a pescatarian diet, trying to lower my participation in any practice that harms the environment. The only clothes I've bought in the last few years have been shoes and t-shirts, and the t-shirts are all band shirts to help support my favorite music-makers. The rest of my wardrobe are all hand-me-downs or items I've owned over 3 years and were purchased for me as gifts. Let's just say that some of my clothes are naturally ventilated.

But despite the fact that it's not easy being green, I'm trying my damnedest to be a good frog...er...human being. In fact, my most recent step toward becoming a better human being was the acquisition of my grandfather's bicycle. He recently turned 86 and has decided he's no longer comfortable riding his bike, so I asked him for it and have since been riding it to work and back every day and, when sensible, all over Los Angeles, sometimes up to 25 miles a day. It might be dangerous, it might be foolish, but so is treating our environment like we own it and have no responsibility to work in tandem with it, as opposed to against it as the masters of this world.

Unfortunately, sustainable does not always equal comfortable. My chair at home, where I spend a fair amount of time, was purchased from a fellow student once she graduated. It was a cheap purchase, but mostly because it's physically broken. Various pieces of plastic, meant for structural stability, were broken off of the chair long before my rear end reached its seat. Raising and lowering the chair is a matter of chance, and is usually not up to me but instead to the current temperament of the chair. And don''t even get me started about the seat lolling freely, moving a few inches laterally in any given direction if I'm not careful.

Needless to say, economy and ergonomics aren't exactly in harmony at my homestead. But I would love for that to be the reality instead of simply a dream made impossible by my environmental conscience and the realities of my walletary situation. So help me. Help me, please. It's no fun saving everyone's environment at the expense of your own, but the best things in life never come easy, do they? And, I'm just saying, maybe my newly comfortable and sustainable backside will lead to endless architectural inspiration that could push us forward into a golden age of green, all thanks to the twinkle of kindness in your big, big hearts. Just sayin'. It's always a possibility.

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235. Sarah D.
I teach high school student's with emotional disabilities (students returning from residential placement centers/hospitals). We have been sharing a classroom for the last three years with an adult class. This coming school year we will be relocated to an elementary school that has been closed due to a reduction in student body. We will finally have our very own classroom. This Cobi chair would be a great start to our new space.

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236. Gregory M.
My condo needs a Cobi.

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237. Jennifer S.
I need a new office chair because I am currently using a chair from my kitchen table! I want a Cobi because I work at home on my computer so the chair at my desk is where I sit the most. It looks like a very comfortable chair to sit in, and I like the variety of colors.

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238. Jackie G.
I am 5th year archtiecture student at Philadelphia University who spends long days and nights sitting at a computer designing. This is difficult to so in an umcomfortable stool that the school provides only to come home to my very unearth friendly and non-back supportive chair for the remaining of my night. My focus in architecture is to rebuild neglected areas with a sustainable mindset. I also plan to continuing my education with going for my masters degree in sustainable design.

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239. Jonathan C.
I believe that I should win a Cobi chair because I cannot afford one on my own. By winning this Cobi chair, the pains of sitting in a hard old wooden chair will not get in the way of my studies.

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240. Aaron T.
I'm a professional writer writing for websites such as NaturalNews.com, Zoomilife.com, my own blog AaronsEnvironmental.com and now for the Examiner as the Cheyenne Green Living Examiner. Yes, I write about the environment, green issues, and whatnot. I am also the Director of our local animal rescue Gateway's Needy Animals. With all of this, I work anywhere from 8-14 hours per day, 7 days a week (sometimes just nights, haha) generally sitting in my Wal-Mart purchased office chair. I had to take the wheels off of it so it wouldn't slam my knees into the keyboard tray on my desk (I''m 6'3" and the casters were REALLY loose).

So I spend a lot of time in my chair (and standing up, since it gives me back aches). I work hard to convince people of things not generally popular in the green movement and even less popular in the non-green movement. You know, like common sense and realism. Those aren''t popular subjects today.

I am also very partial to the color orange. Have you ever tried to find a comfortable office chair in orange? Good luck. They stopped making those in the 1970s. Right about the time I was born, I think.

I want a Cobi not only because it makes a statement about environmental issues I can agree with (namely being totally eco-friendly without asking the government to do it for me), but because my current chair will then get donated to the cat, who desperately needs a new sittin spot to ignore me from. I also want a Cobi because it looks cool. Admittedly, it would be the coolest thing in my office (besides me, of course) and will probably make everything else look dingy. It will also be the first piece of furniture my wife and I have ever acquired that didn't come from a thrift store. I'm 36 years old. I have never owned new furniture. I could claim that's because I'm being an eco-buddy and buying used, but it's mostly because I can't afford to shell out $1,000 on a couch just so the dog has a new bed.

Before you ask how my current chair could have come from Wal-Mart yet I claim to have never owned new furniture: this chair was the floor model. I got it because the manager wanted to get rid of it. Countless little kids with poopy diapers likely sat in this chair before I ever even saw it. Makes me shudder. Countless kids in non-disposable, non-compostable, non-washable Huggies messing in those diapers so the septic plastic can be sent to the landfill so some archeologist 1,000 year from now can dig them up and conjecture that these were sacred vessels of baby excrement sacrificed to the great purple dinosaur god called "Barney."

Do these chairs have flames as a detail? Can I add that? That would rock. Flames coming up the sides with a little blue tip detail to kind of set them off. Ya, think of that. Orange upholstery, red flame details with little blue tips to set them off just so.

Is there a character limit to my entry by the way? Am I allowed to just keep typing until I decide to go actually do something I'm contracted to do like finish the next series of articles on the wonderful uses of baking soda? Oh, I would totally use only natural cleansers like baking soda and maybe vinegar (not at the same time, I passed the 5th grade) on this brand spankin new Cobi you'll be sending me. I hope I didn't faux pas there by sounding too confident. I think I'm gonna quit now before I say something really stupid involving Al Gore and left handed manatees. You heard that one. Right? Al Gore walks into a bar and there's, like, a manatee sitting on a stool drinking beer. So Al walks up to the manatee and says "you're left-handed. Right?" The manatee turns to Al and says, "No, I will not run the lever on your scissor lift. Bug off." Pretty good huh?

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