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Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety. Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Galen Cranz documents our ongoing love affair with the chair and how its evolution has been governed not by a quest for comfort or practicality, but by the designation of status.Relating much of the modern era's rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live. A farsighted and innovative approach to our most intimate habitat, this book offers guidelines that will assist readers in choosing a chair-and designing a lifestyle-that truly suits our bodies. Praise for :  "[A] concise, multidisciplinary gem."-- "Cranz is no sedentary historian. is a call to action."--Jonathan Levi, "Galen Cranz has written a provocative book. Pull up a comfortable chair-if you can find one-and read it."--Witold Rybczynski

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A look at one of the most common cultural artefacts, explaining the history, design and politices of how and why we sit the way we do.

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"Engaged in fascinating and useful multidisciplinary research, Cranz is an avatar for body-friendly design. . . . Read [] and cheer."--Elizabeth Zimmer,

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Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Cranz documents an ongoing love affair with the chair. 90 illustrations. Featured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and in "Metropolitan Home."

About the Author

Galen Cranz is professor of architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.

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ISBN:
9780393319552
Subtitle:
Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design
Author:
Cranz, Galen
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Human Anatomy
Subject:
Design - Furniture
Subject:
Chairs
Subject:
Chair design
Subject:
Furniture
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
105-773
Publication Date:
20000117
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
90 illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.76x6.24x.77 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A look at one of the most common cultural artefacts, explaining the history, design and politices of how and why we sit the way we do.
"Synopsis" by , "Engaged in fascinating and useful multidisciplinary research, Cranz is an avatar for body-friendly design. . . . Read [] and cheer."--Elizabeth Zimmer,
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Cranz documents an ongoing love affair with the chair. 90 illustrations. Featured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and in "Metropolitan Home."
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