The straightforward cover photo and book title for Chairs: A History by Florence de Dampierre wonderfully simplify the elaborate details of this book's contents. Detailing the history of chairs "from thrones to divans, straightbacked to overstuffed, Baroque to Bauhaus," we are excited to get our hands on a copy.
The book description from Amazon (where it is available for $40.95):
Henry David Thoreau wrote, "I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society." In Chairs: A History, furniture historian Florence de Dampierre presents a wonderfully readable and visually stunning exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages. Along with hundreds of gorgeous photographs—many taken specifically for this book—de Dampierre fills these pages with fascinating information and anecdotes, tracing the chair's emergence in ancient Egypt and examining various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today.
If anyone's already thumbed through Chairs, let us know what you think!