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The chair—youre likely sitting in one right now. Yet, despite its common presence in offices, restaurants, and homes, we very rarely stop to think about the origins of the chair and its place in culture. After all, the human body is actually more suited to sitting on the ground than on a chair; and as a result, chairs often cause back problems. Nonetheless, in Western culture, as Anne Massey explains, the chair is an object that marks our place in the modern world.

Massey explores how, particularly in the last hundred years, the chair has become a revered object of design. Certain chairs have become iconic—like the Eames Lounge chair and Verner Pantons S Chair, which are photographed, exhibited in art museums, and slavishly copied by cheaper models. Other chairs have reached iconic status simply through their everydayness—think of Van Goghs chair or the way Shaker chairs have become emblematic of a simpler and purer lifestyle. Massey further examines how chairs have been crafted, from local to global manufacture. In doing so she elucidates the meaning of the chair in contemporary culture, as well as the development, design, and manufacture of this ubiquitous object.

Drawing on design, art, popular culture, and personal experience, Chair is an engaging and informative biography of this everyday object and will appeal to anyone interested in why we choose to sit on the chairs we do.

About the Author

Anne Massey is professor of design history at Kingston University. She is the author of Interior Design Since 1900 and Designing Liners: Interior Design Afloat.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Seats of Power

2. The Designers Presence

3. Luxury and Comfort

4. Craft and Materials

5. Fine Art Chairs

References

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Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897589
Author:
Massey, Anne
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Furniture
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Objekt
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 80 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.40 x 6.00 in

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