“Office chairs are like shoes, but not as much fun. We spend much of our time in them. They emphasize differences in status and taste. They affect the way our bodies feel. But unlike the shoes we wear to work, most of us don’t get to pick out our office chairs. Your work chair is just there, provided for you by your employer.”
In her today’s article Heather Murphy of Slate explores the history of an office chair – from the first documented evidence of body-conscious seating found in 3000 B.C. to the kneeling chair of 1979 and recent creations – a valuable and fun read for any chair design enthusiast.
How do you measure a good office chair?
The chair pictured is a Thomas E. Warren’s Centripetal Spring Armchair for American Arm Chair Company, USA, 1949 (courtesy Jonathan Olivares/A Taxonomy of Office Chairs/Phaidon).
The “only replica worth having”, this Barcelona Chair necklace is part of the collectible series called Tiny Little Chairs by Montreal’s Bruxe Design. The brand’s wearable chairs are available in silver, bronze and gold. Would you wear one?
Rui Pereira and Ryosuke Fukusada of Sapore dei Mobili created a “furniture pan” for tiny cakes shaped like interior objects in an attempt to “give new meaning to the notion of ‘good taste’ in furniture”. It’s said to be a comment on “how consumers are unable to digest the huge amount of new products that companies are launching each year.”
Personally, I love the idea behind it more than the presentation of the product itself. But maybe once they find a manufacturer and work out the final details it’d all look more bite-worthy.
Marni is an Italian fashion brand that takes advantage of the public attention the Salone Mobile in Milan gets to combine a couple of things:
“L’arte del Ritratto” is a photographic exhibition depicting Marni world. A project in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Francesco Jodice, that continues, his artistic research based on the work of cataloging: the chairs, made by colombian craftsmen, became the stage where Marni employees pose: a tribute dedicated to them destined to last over time.
So it is a sort of Chair Installation where the chair functions as background for a photographic exhibition.
But it is also a rehabilitation project whereby former prison inmates try to get a new life by the production and selling of these outdoor chairs.
Part of the sales goes to a charity in Milan to enable wives of prison inmates to get on with their life. So it is a charity project as well.
The color schemes of the chairs are in line with the Marni color schemes.