Even a chair can give, not always
posture us tall, forgive us our trespasses,daily as they are and all,
I remember these chairs – Danish – although I don’t remember them ever being called that. They were big in the post WWII era – and are now often re-surging as vintage hipster.
Chairs have history, yes they do – and symbolize the life and times of both designers, makers and consumers.
Like any work of art, we learn about the culture they’re from by looking at how they were made, who made them, and their style. What was important at the time? Who were they made for? What space did they live in?
Art and Design move through time. Chair design included. Their reason for being stays the same; people need a place to sit.
Chairs are form and function in a way that is easy for us to understand – but not so easy for designers to perfect. For designers, chairs contain
many of the challenges of design-—engineering, choice of materials, production method, style, and functionality—in one small package.
A designer’s entire philosophy can be summed up by their chair.
Designer George Nelson put it nicely, saying, “Every truly original idea—every innovation in design, every new application of materials, every technical invention for furniture—seems to find its most important expression in a chair.”
“We made love like two folding lawn chairs. We were both motionless, but the possibility of movement permeated the moment.”
― Jarod Kintz
|blue lawn chairs by isla gealach at cheeky pea|
|“The present rearranges the past. We never tell the story whole because a life isn’t a story; it’s a whole Milky Way of events and we are forever picking out constellations from it to fit who and where we are.”
― Rebecca Solnit,