Nowadays, a chair is more than just something to sit on. In a modern interior, it almost becomes a status symbol that helps to define the room. Originally, this is how chairs were created. It is one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the world and there are so many variants in so many different styles. And some of them are more iconic than others...
In ancient Egypt, chairs were mainly for the wealthy elite. In Europe, it took until the 16th century for the chair to be used more commonly in average households, and mainly during the Renaissance it became an everyday object. Do we see a reversed change in this evolution? Yes, we do. Many 20th century designers often showed their talent and craftsmanship mainly with their design of a chair. And now, in the 21st century, there is clearly a 'revival' of these icons of vintage design. They are exclusive pieces that don’t come cheap.
Chair Anatomy (Thames & Hudson)
A good design is both easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. Of course you have to be able to sit well on a chair, but the eye also wants something. It shouldn't look like line work, but like quality craftsmanship made of sturdy material in an original yet timeless form. Because – as this book claims – ‘a chair is architecture in miniature’.
Chair Anatomy: Design & Construcion introduces you to over 50 models that have been designed over the past 150 years. The book shows how the chair came about, what techniques and materials used and what their influence was on the design, what the creation meant for the (design) world and it tells the story behind the chair and the person who came up with it. Some of these icons are the 'Wishbone chair' by Hans J. Wegner, the '.03' by Maarten Van Severen and 'Paimio' by the Fin Alvar Aalto. Other names like Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, Arne Jacobsen and Marcel Breuer are of course also on the list.
A must-read for design fans who want to know more about their favourite piece of seating.
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