Eu Think: The Best Seat In EJ

Written by: Leia Ong (20-U1), Pheobe Ong (20-O1), Sargun Kaur (20-E4)

Designed by: Sargun Kaur (20-E4)

The humble chair — a vital piece of furniture in any institution, but in a school, its usability is of the utmost importance. Since the founding of EJC, never has there existed a comprehensive review of these overlooked items. Fret not: our team of dedicated journalists brings to you a full, only slightly biased review of what YOU think of every chair and seat in our new Bishan campus (yes, every single one).  

Level 1:

  1. Canteen Benches 

Walk through the turnstile gates on the first floor, all the way straight and then all the way right and you would meet our dearest canteen benches. These make for ideal zones to eat and catch up with a group of friends or even study with friends after school (talking/discussing is allowed here unlike study zones in the library).

“The canteen benches are great since you can seat a large number of people together but are certainly not the best if you are going for comfort,” Cher Gek Shan of 20-A2 remarked, noting the fact that these benches have no back rest.

Overall, even though they may not be the most aesthetically pleasing to the eyes or the most comfortable to sit on, the canteen benches are iconic in their own way and a part of our everyday school life.

Physical aestheticity: 2/10

Comfort: 4/10

Experience: 6/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

  1. Auditorium Chairs 

Everyone has been in the auditorium at least once, whether at the start of school or while attending one of their many, many lectures. As such, we have all been exposed to the wonder of these plush seats. Cerulean and minimalistic, they are very pleasant to look at. They definitely do not fall behind in their comfort level either. 

As an interviewed student from Ora said, “the seat is comfortable, the backing is amazing. I love the fact that there is a table that you don’t exactly have to bend onto. It’s high enough  for you to write on it without having to strain your back!” Therefore, there is definitely a case to be made that this is one of the best chairs in our school. Our ability to use it more often than many other chairs also makes using it a more universal experience, allowing us to all come together in relative comfort to learn or appreciate performances.

Physical aestheticity: 8/10

Comfort: 8/10

Experience: 8/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

  1. Metal Swings

Near the canteen, two sets of metal park swings sit. These silver swings are ideal seats for unwinding post-lunch to enjoy the perpetual breeze and relax with your friends. The rocking of the swings also has a most therapeutic and calming effect, perfect for laidback conversations. 

When asked, many Eunoians were supportive of the swings, though Ng Teck Zhong of 20-E5 noted that on particularly hot days, the swings “could get rather hot or wet if it rains”, by virtue of them being located outdoors.

Despite that, the visually pleasing circular frame of the swing, its comfortable seating of 4 people (5 if you’re feeling ambitious) and the overall relaxing experiences at the swings cement it as being one of the most successful seats in EJ.

Physical aestheticity: 9/10

Comfort: 8/10

Experience: 9/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Level 3:

  1. Lecture Theatre 1 chairs 

While the chairs in LT1 (Lecture Theatre 1) and the chairs in the auditorium share a similar simplicity in their design, they are actually very different in practice. The chairs in LT1 are made of wood instead of fabric, and thus, “they can get quite cold sometimes, and it becomes uncomfortable to sit on them because of that,” one of our interviewed students said. 

A different student commented that, “Some credit can be given for the slight curves in the chair. It actually looks quite sleek due to the good quality of the wood. It might not be as cushioned as the auditorium chairs, but that also makes it easier to pay attention to lectures instead of falling asleep.” 

In the end, it might depend on what the student’s priorities and preferences are, but the LT chairs are certainly serviceable in terms of comfort, and in terms of appearance, they are definitely one of the best-looking chairs. And the physical environment of LT1 in general fits really well with them, so this makes for a very aesthetically pleasing environment to study in.

Physical aestheticity: 8/10

Comfort: 5/10

Experience: 7/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

  1. Lab Chairs 

Available on levels 3, 4 and 5, the iconic lab chairs are part of the science practical experience for every science-taking Eunoian. These wooden four-legged chairs are the perfect height for the lab tables and are also easy to move around when required. They also give off vintage vibes, adding on to their aesthetic appeal.

Ng Shi Ying of 20-A2 mentioned that the lab chairs were “extremely noisy when moved but practical for use in the science labs”, given the fact that no other chairs could possibly be used in the labs.

Though the unique structure of the lab chairs make these seats stand out from others, these chairs, like many others, are low on comfort with no back support.

Physical aestheticity: 7/10

Comfort: 3/10

Experience: 6/10

Level 4

  1. Seminar Room Wheeled Chairs with Tables

Previously located in Seminar Rooms 1-3 and now stored behind the Auditorium, these multicolouredplastic chairs were half-table, half-chair, and all too inconvenient. While the merits of having a mobile seat and scooting freely cannot be ignored — easy class group discussions and fun in general — the chairs’ narrow, grey writing tablets simply do not facilitate conducive working, be it writing or typing. 

“The chairs’ tables are too small to put many things on them without them falling off or collapsing,” said Lauren Ong of 20-U1. “They are fun to roll around on though,” she added.

The many holes constituting a pattern on the backs of the vibrantly-coloured seats are an appeal to its aestheticity, which must be acknowledged. Due to their inconvenience, they have since been wisely replaced with regular tables and chairs.

Physical aestheticity: 6/10

Comfort: 4/10

Experience: 4/10

  1. Gym Bicycles 

“Do you want to embrace your inner Side to Side energy like Ariana Grande?” 

While this was just a joking quip from one of the students we interviewed, it seems pretty fitting for this ‘seat’. Though this may not be common knowledge, there are some gym bicycles on Level 4, which are located close to the staircase near the elevated track. While these may not be the first to come to mind when thinking about seats, they are definitely good for resting and just chilling out with friends during breaks, if you want a new view or a place that is quieter than the usual. 

That fresh view is really one of the best things it has going for it though. 

“It’s very hard and doesn’t seem to take [our] weight very well,” an interviewed student said as they balanced carefully on the seat, bag on the floor. Maybe the bicycles are better for their intended purpose than as seats. Still though, they are an option, and they would make pretty good picture spots too.

Physical aestheticity: 5/10

Comfort: 4/10

Experience: 3/10 

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Level 5

  1. Grandstand 

Next up is the grandstand! Located at our exquisite elevated track on level 5, the grandstand serves as a viewing or resting area, away from the sun on the field. While the amazing views of the field in sight provide a great ambience for the grandstand and for cheering on sporting schoolmates, how satisfactory is the grandstand itself?

When asked, Jace Bong of 20-E1 reported: “Although the grandstand is a good photo taking spot in the shade with the field in the background, and that it has absolutely no chance of being a wobbly seat, it is certainly not the best. [It feels] Like sitting on a stone.”  

Aesthetically, the grandstand had high reviews from fellow Eunoians but was not rated too highly in other aspects of the sitting experience. 

Physical aestheticity:8/10

Comfort: 2/10

Experience:6/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Level 8

  1. Cocoon Chairs (L8, L10)

You walk past the staff room, and you take in the view as the breeze blows by, cooling down the area. And then, you see them: the cocoon chairs.

At first glance, the cocoon chairs definitely look good. Students who come over to study or chat with friends can attest to the great relaxation one feels swinging around in the wind, alone or with company. It would probably make a perfect chair, if not for a few small issues. 

The chair “only supports the mid to lower back”, and according to a student seen swinging there: “When you lean backwards, your neck can feel quite constricted and you have to bend it forward. It’s a pretty good chair, though.” While we are inclined to agree, there is one other thing — while you are on the chair, other ‘friends’ might also be hanging out on them. Make sure to shake the chair first so that any insects will fly away,  and afterwards, feel free to enjoy yourself swinging. Do set an alarm so you don’t miss the next lesson though!

Physical aestheticity: 8/10

Comfort: 6/10

Experience: 7/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Level 9

  1. Library Chairs

Ah, the library — the second home of Eunoian muggers. With numerous nooks and crannies bathed in sunlight for reading, studying and any form of research, it naturally has an abundance of seats ripe for reviewing. 

We start with the most prevalent chair: located at the long wooden tables, the basic seat with two curved legs, a plush cushioned seat and (curiously) no backing, save for a single black, holed panel.

While the chairs are sleek, modern and “rather comfortable”, as our interviewees have said, the lack of a lower back does cause a bit of discomfort for some. “I like the comfortable [library] chairs and they’re good for studying,” said Mathilda Lee from 20-I2, seen studying at a nearby solo study booth. “I just wish they had a proper back.”

Nevertheless, the chairs effectively perform their function and make our library look unique!

Physical aestheticity: 8/10

Comfort: 7/10

Experience: 8/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

  1. Library Discussion Room Chairs 

The next library chairs are those in the 4 discussion rooms. These are wheeled, cushioned and relatively comfortable. However, we noted the unique black office chairs in discussion room 1 as being somewhat squeaky and shaky. 

Despite this anomaly, the discussion rooms and their seats allow students and teachers to hold meetings in a quiet, conducive and comfortable environment, which is the main point of the discussion rooms. Objective achieved!

Physical aestheticity: 7/10

Comfort: 8/10

Experience: 7/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

  1. Chairs in Consult Area 

At level 9, there are 2 types of chairs at the area for consultations: the narrow wooden benches and the black plastic chairs. Both, however, we found to be not ideal. While  they serve their function, the black plastic chairs lack lower back support, and the wooden benches are just a little too flimsy for maximum comfort. 

Despite these, many students and teachers peruse these seats for gruelling consultations or study sessions, so ultimately their convenient location — just beside the Level 9 staffroom and one flight of stairs from the café — seems to win over any issues with comfort.  

Physical aestheticity: 5/10

Comfort: 6/10

Experience: 6/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Level 10

  1. Café (High Chairs)

The café is a good place to study, eat and have consultations in. There are many types of chairs there, but some of them have similar characteristics to other chairs that we have already discussed. Therefore, we will be focusing on one chair in particular — the high chairs. 

There are mixed views on these chairs, with some saying that “it gives more height and a better view of stuff below”. Others simply cite the relative discomfort of a wooden chair. However, there is one thing about this chair that is particularly concerning—that is, how shaky it is. When sitting on the chair, leaning in any direction has a chance of toppling, something we discovered firsthand. However, they do make for some good photographs.

Physical aestheticity: 4/10

Comfort: 1/10

Experience: 2/10

Featuring our journalists struggling to balance the chair

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Level 11

  1. Windy Benches Outside Classrooms

Although not the first seat one would think of, these benches hold value as ideal study locations. Situated at levels 3, 4, 8, 11 and 12, these benches are very windy (and do not require full-body defrosting like those in the library). You can also discuss things here as long as you keep your volume down when others are around. 

Mathilda, who we found sitting at one of the benches, mentioned that “the benches were great and very accessible, with great views of scenery”. This is true especially if they are right outside your class on levels 4, 11 and 12. 

On the other hand, however, Mathilda felt that “it was difficult to write on the table, which had gaps in between”.

These benches, despite having some flaws, make for good communal spaces around the school and can be used by everyone at any time.

Physical aestheticity: 2/10

Comfort: 4/10

Experience: 6/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

  1. Classrooms

Last but certainly not least are the classroom seats, the ones we spend the majority of our time on every day. Although different classes have different types of seats, the most common classroom seats are the plastic blue seats. These seats, unlike most others around the school, have proper back rests, and although you cannot roll them around like those previously in the seminar rooms, they serve their purpose of providing students with a certain level of comfort while studying.

Our interviewee, Shi Ying, opined: “The seats are great since they served their purpose well, but aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing. That’s fine, though.”

While a little basic and common in many institutions, these blue seats we have in our classrooms definitely serve us well!

Physical aestheticity: 2/10

Comfort: 6/10

Experience: 7/10

Photo Credit: EJC Press

Conclusion

While this review is all in good fun, we nominate the sleek, multi-functional and comfortable Auditorium chairs as the Best Seat in EJ! With this guide, we hope you have gained some insight into the more hidden nooks of our school and these aspects of our daily student lives we think less about. Perhaps this will come in useful when deciding where next to sit and chat with your friends, or where to spend those pesky 4-hour breaks. Till next time!

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