London's Design Museum has a remarkable program for those of us who can't make it overseas. The Digital Design Museum showcases rotating online exhibits, including A Century of Chairs, a look back at how seating defined the 20th century.
An abridged version of the online exhibit is pictured above...
• Early 1900s: Cabaret Fledermaus Chair
• 1920s: Marcel Breuer's Wassily Chair
• 1930s: Aalto Armchair
• 1940s: Emeco's Navy Chair
• 1950s: Bertoia Diamond Chair
• 1960s: Panton Chair
• 1970s: Frank Gehry's Wiggle Chair
• 1980s: Philippe Starck's Dr Glob
• 1990s: Herman Miller Aeron Chair
• 2000s: Jasper Morrison's Cork Family
We could spend hours on this site, reading historic tidbits like this one:
Obsessed by the challenge of designing a chair to be built in a factory like a Model T Ford car, Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) concentrated on two goals as head of the Bauhaus carpentry workshop. One was to develop furniture from the same tubular steel as the Adler bicycle which he rode around Dessau...
For the full story, click here.