1000 Chairs / Edition 25

1000 Chairs / Edition 25

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by Charlotte Fiell
     
 

ISBN-10: 382284103X

ISBN-13: 2903822841036

Pub. Date: 08/15/2005

Publisher: Taschen America, LLC

More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been subjected to the wildest dreams of the designers. The particular curve of a back-rest, or the twist of a leg, the angle of a seat or the colour of the entire artefact all reflect the stylistic consciousness of each era.

From Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto via Verner Panton to Eva Zeisel; from Art Nouveau

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More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been subjected to the wildest dreams of the designers. The particular curve of a back-rest, or the twist of a leg, the angle of a seat or the colour of the entire artefact all reflect the stylistic consciousness of each era.

From Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto via Verner Panton to Eva Zeisel; from Art Nouveau to International Style, from Pop Art to Postmodernism, the phenomenon of the chair is so complex that it requires a reference work as comprehensive as this to do it full justice. They are all here: Thonet's bentwood chairs and Hoffmann's sitting-machines, Marcel Breuer's Wassily chair and Ron Arad's avant garde armchairs.

The book devotes one page to each chair and displays them on their own as pure form. This account of 200 years of chair design, represented by 1,000 chairs by some 400 international designers, fully describes the life of the chair.

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ISBN-13:
2903822841036
Publisher:
Taschen America, LLC
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Edition description:
Special
Pages:
624

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1000 Chairs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a graphic designer who explores industrial design with great interest, I bought this book as soon as I saw it. I couldn't check it out thoroughly because it was wrapped but the photography looked pretty good on the cover. Obviously this is a great resource for designers to go back to and see how one of the most influential pieces of furniture - the chair, developed throughout the ages, throughout the different design/art movements and revolutions. You get a good sense of the progression and this book covers a lot of designers I haven't heard of before, so it's really good to see the wide array of the designs, even though a lot of those designs are not nearly as good as other more known designers like Marcel Breuer, Marc Newson, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe which the book also covers but I guess that's being fair. As far as readabiltiy and design of the book, it could've been a lot better. Most of the photography featured in the book usually features a gradient lighting scene for the background of the chairs, which tremendously detracts from the design/formal value of the chairs - very distracting. One would appreciate the design and form so much more if these chairs were cropped out or were on a solid plane like the cover. The book is also in three different languages, a little bit excessive and it does hinder the readablity, obviously covering three languages it cannot provide a significant amount of information to each chair. I did however find this book very helpful for the developmental process of chairs throughout history and also being able to relate development styles/designers to each other. The end of the book also features little info on each designer. Definitely worth getting if your'e interested in industrial/furniture design.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an interior design student and this book gives me an idea of what type of furniture to coorelate with different rooms in a house or areas in a store-like setting. It is what I call a 'coffee-house book' seeing as it is a little difficult to read. Still, well done.