A Century of Chairs at the Digital Design Museum

A Century of Chairs at the Digital Design Museum

Sarah Coffey
Aug 2, 2007

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.

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