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The Chair : Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design - Galen Cranz

The Chair

Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780393319552
Number Of Pages: 288

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Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety. Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Galen Cranz documents our ongoing love affair with the chair and how its evolution has been governed not by a quest for comfort or practicality, but by the designation of status.Relating much of the modern era's rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live. A farsighted and innovative approach to our most intimate habitat, this book offers guidelines that will assist readers in choosing a chair-and designing a lifestyle-that truly suits our bodies. Praise for The Chair:ÿ "[A] concise, multidisciplinary gem."-Publishers Weekly "Cranz is no sedentary historian. The Chair is a call to action."-Jonathan Levi, Los Angeles Times "Galen Cranz has written a provocative book. Pull up a comfortable chair-if you can find one-and read it."-Witold Rybczynski

List of Illustrationsp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Introductionp. 15
Why Do We Use Chairs?p. 21
How Chairs Evolvedp. 25
The Elements of Stylep. 65
What's Wrong with the Chair?p. 91
An Ergonomic Perspectivep. 94
A Body-Mind Perspectivep. 119
Toward Body-Conscious Designp. 149
The Chair Reformedp. 153
Beyond Interior Designp. 185
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 253
Generalp. 253
Specialized Works on Ergonomicsp. 266
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780393319552
ISBN-10: 0393319555
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.5 x 23.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1