Chairs can be found in homes, schools, offices and restaurants around the world. As well as being useful, chairs can also be objects of style. Modern designers have brought us such classics as the Antelope chair, the Cherner armchair, the Wishbone armchair, the Barcelona chair, the Diamond lounge chair, the RAR rocking chair, the Tulip chair, the Egg chair and the Butterfly chair.
Compiled by Lucy Ryder Richardson and Petra Curtis, the expert curators behind Modern Shows, this is a stylish and informative guide to the best of Modern chair design. Get to know the designers of the Modern era, and find out about the controversies, drama, gossip and intrigue that accompanied these fascinating figures. Featuring a range of international designers, including Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Ernest Race, Arne Jacobsen , Pierre Paulin, Finn Juhl, Harry Bertoia, Ero Saarinen and Norman Cherner.
There is also an exploration into materials, manufacturing processes and lots of information about the manufacturers that brought chair designs to the masses, such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and Asko. Packed full of design details, historical facts, quotes and anecdotes - you can even find out the position in which the designers intended you to sit in their chairs! With a 'chair timeline', showcasing the very best of European, Scandinavian, Japanese and American design, this is the perfect book for collectors, enthusiasts and design junkies alike.
About the Author
Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson started working together in July 2002, initially selling midcentury and modern furniture from Lucy's 1960s house. The success of their first event spurred them on to produce a larger event where midcentury dealers and modern designers gather to sell their work. Modern Shows now hosts the shows Midcentury Modern, Midcentury East and The Midcentury Pop Up as well as being home to The Modern Marketplace directory, an indispensable guide to favourite C20 dealers and C21 designers and retailers.