THE HISTORY OF DESIGN IN 10 CHAIRS YOU CAN’T KNOW

Modern chairs are probably the most iconic pieces of design. The reason? More or less everyone, from the most famous architects to the most contemporary designers and designers, have ventured into making at least one model. This is because the chair is a complement that more than any other reflects the natural combination of function and aesthetics, with its most basic features, such as providing a seat, and the highest design shapes that interpret its configuration.

Undoubtedly over time we have witnessed a progressive development of the projects. In this sense it is impossible not to mention the texts Modulor and Modulor 2, published respectively in 1948 and 1953 by Le Corbusier, in which the architect basically expresses his support for the research that Vitruvius, Da Vinci and Leon Battista Alberti had started centuries before : finding the mathematical relationship between the human dimension and nature, and in a broader sense, we can speak of texts dealing with the subject of ergonomics.

Also in the modern era, we also mention the battle to beat lawyers who saw the famous cantilever chair, the cantilever chair, contested by Mart Stam and Marcel Breuer. Both were called to testify in German courts because they were convinced they were the first to invent the innovative system of zigzag chairs. The patent war ended with the victory of Stam, and even many of Breuer’s projects were wrongly attributed to him. Today the Mart Stam S 33 chair is produced and distributed by Thonet, which holds the artistic copyright of the Dutch architect.

In its simplicity, the chair is interpreted as an object that gives freedom of expression to those who design it, a blank canvas and a work of art that can be transformed according to the ideals and preferences of the designers. We selected 10 iconic design chairs, through which the architects who conceived them expressed the highest ideals and design skills.

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