GOODWILL ART GUIDE — Craft, Design & Culture

CHAIRS
This guide explores the intriguing history of seating, from ancient to modern times.



There is no right way to design a chair. This set illustrates all kinds of examples, historic and modern, comfortable and uncomfortable, of this basic household object. It discusses how different cultures have solved their seating requirements and why chairs fulfil extraordinary and symbolic functions as well as everyday needs. Famous chairs in painting are also seen.

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The 25 images and 38 pages in this e-book offer concise information, teaching ideas and the opportunity for fresh and creative thinking about the subject.

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LIST OF CONTENTS

Background information

PART 1
Regal grandeur and status
Ecclesiastical roots
Social seating and body language
Brief history of seating
Medieval furnishings
Chairs for all
Evolution of the modern chair
20th century living style
The Bauhaus
Chairs and architects
Are you sitting comfortably?
Office furniture and ergonomics
Chairs in painting
Chairs as artworks

PART 2
Suggested classroom activities

PART 3
LOOKING AT THE IMAGES
Richard ll, England
Allegorical Figure, Cosimo Tura, Italy
Imperial Folding Chair, China
Sarabhendra being saluted by elephants, India
Ana and his wife TuTu, Egypt
Mr and Mrs Andrews, Thomas Gainsborough, England
Helene Rouart in her father’s study, Edgar Degas, France
The Drake Armchair, England
Ladderback Armchair, England
Shaker Chair, USA
Ebonized Beech Chair, Eward William Godwin, England
Ladder Backed Chair, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland
Cobra Chair, Carlo Bugatti, Italy
Oak Chair, Charles FA Voysey, England
Red Blue Chair, Gerrit T Rietveldt, Holland
Wicker Chair, Heywood & Wakefield, England
Weissenhoff MR5335, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Germany
Chaise Longue, Le Corbusier, France
Paimo Chair, Alvar Aalto, Finland
Plastic Armchair, Charles and Ray Eames, England
Plywood Chair, Jasper Morrison, England
Aeron Chair, Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf, Germany
Wire Frame Chair, Shin and Tomoko Azumi, England
Proust’s Armchair, Alessandro Mendini, Italy
Dan Dare Chair, John Mills, England