The Chair {Part One}

I could be referring to the dining chair, or possibly the lounge chair. Either way what we will be exploring today is the evolution of the chair. I bet you can’t wait!

The reason I wanted to talk about chairs today is to pay homage to my ‘History Of Design’ professor who had an interesting way of saying “What” and “White” with somehow always adding and extending an ‘S’ on the end. However distracting, she loved chairs, she made me love chairs and so shall you.

 

1) This here is the Thonet chair. It was made by Michael Thonet in the year 1870 and has been in reproduction ever since.

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Here is a typical ‘cafe’ chair that you can purchase today. Looks pretty familiar right? This is our first example of how old styles have inspired what we now see in stores today.

 

2) This chair was created in 1938-1939 by Alvar Aalto. I’m sure you’ve seen something similar to this before.

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Here it is! The Poang chair sold by Ikea today. The Alvar chair was made in Finland and Ikea is Swedish, therefore it is very possible that Alvar himself was the originator of this all too famous chair and the Aalto family are cashing in those royalty checks today.

 

3) This next chair was created by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1940s. Refered to as the ‘bucket’ chair,  this chair has inspired many designs today.

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This chair, although the legs I admit are different, continues to channel its ‘bucket chair’ inspiration.

3) This chair I know will bring the children of the Baby-boomers back to school. It was invented by a lady named Robin Day in the year 1960 and oh how it has been multiplied since.

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See the resemblance? It is the exact same chair! If you didn’t have the tabletop attached desk, then this was the chair you sat in at your desk at school. Many days can be remembered watching my schoolmates rock back and forth in this flexible chair.

Well Edgers, that is all the time we have for today.

We have only scratched the surface of the history of the chair, so stay tuned for next time when we’ll be talking about antique chairs!

-OTED

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