The chair—you’re 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 culThe chair—you’re 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 Panton’s 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 Gogh’s 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....
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(I heard about this book on a podcast, where it was described as a biography of the chair - that concept was enough of a hook for me.) The book (part of the Objekt series) spans history and cultures (primarily British and European), with its emphasis on the place of the chair as it communicates status and style. The reading was a little dense, but exploring the chair's history, craft, use, and object as art are all interesting approaches, and there are many interesting facts and observations about this object that inhabits and supports our everyday life. There are plenty of illustrations (I wish there were many more). In the author's final words,The book reveals and illuminates the meaning of the chair as it has weather the storms of history and remains with us today. But with the convergence of technologies and the blurring of boundaries, who knows what may happen next? Or we may welcome the allure of the comfy chair, to escape the demeans of the world out there. And I bet you are reading this book while sitting one..So true.