I am often asked what the purpose is of making a lightweight chair or table and I usually respond by saying how using less material makes it cheaper to make, ship or relocate. Sometimes I add some comments about sustainability or mention a quote like this one: "Art is the elimination of the unnecessary" - Pablo Picasso . But I always fail to mention that the word funiture and mobile are the same in many languages and the fact that mobility is the defining characteristic of funiture. The word for funiture in Spanish is Muebles (moveables) Here are some other examples:
The word for furniture in French is meubles, In Danish: møbler, Turkish: mobilya, Italian: mobili, Dutch: meubilair, Swedish: möbler...you get the idea so lets get moving!