Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society”.
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.
The oldest surviving chair comes from the tomb of King Tut – as chairs were rare, decorative items of luxury in cradles of civilization.
Form and function of the chair’s evolution from ancient Egypt to modern day has stirred design from thrones to divans, straight-backed to overstuffed, baroque to Bauhaus, transport to office fixture – with Office Kings and Queens sitting in the biggest of them.
The chair in Western terms has been a topic in history, sociology, industrial design, architecture, holistic body/mind approaches, and ergonomics where researchers have railed against the chair in general – especially in the workplace.