Chair Designs

April 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Chair designs through the centuries have been influenced by many things and makes a really interesting study. Did you know? Wing chairs were designed in the late 17th century to be placed in front of a fireplace; the high backs and “wings” kept the heat in around your body and the cold drafts of older houses off your back and neck.

In the mid 19th century, gentleman’s chairs had armrests but ladies chairs had no arms or very low arms and wide seats to accomodate their large hoop skirts.

the Adirondack chair was designed in 1903 to remain level when placed on a sloping mountain side to enjoy the views; hence the severely sloped back.

Chair designs in France have been influenced by the reigning monarchs for many centuries. Louis 15th, Louis 16th etc. controlled the furniture craftsman guilds and had the craftsmen design to their liking. Some liked curves and more ornate designs and others liked straight lines and less ornamentation.

Ergonomic chair designs follow form and function and are based on the human skeletal and muscular frame. Office chairs are a good example of this design.

Do you know any more influences on chair design? I would love to hear from you!

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