Chairs: A History - First "Review"

Chairs: A History - First "Review"

Heather Blaha
Feb 13, 2007

Back in December we introduced Chairs: A History by Florence de Dampierre. At that point we didn't have the book in our hands, but by the end of the year, we had all 420 pages. We began reading the book starting with the Intro and first chapter ("Chairs in the Ancient World, China & Africa"), and fell asleep for many nights with chairs on our mind.

Eventually we realized that this is the kind of book that is so dense with cultural and design history that doing a "general review" would not do the chairs of the world justice...

We're going to pull information and images as long as we can to learn as much as we can. After all, chairs are sacred here at AT! (Look at Aaron's post reminding us that people love chairs so much they seek out posters of them, in addition to the real thing.)

Did you know:

"The earliest seats that survive today were made around 2680 B.C., during the Egyptian Old Kingdom," and that "in ancient Egypt design principles were established for many common objects that are still followed today." (p. 14)

"Folding stools were introduced during the Middle Kingdom. Light and convenient to handle when folded, they were ideal for transport. They were formed of frames that turned on metal bolts in an X-configuration, with supports that usually terminated underneath in carved ducks' heads. This desgin would later be imitated in Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe..." (p. 16).

Lots more where this came from...keep an eye out for future close-up looks (or grab the book and pull up a seat!).

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