From offices to dining tables, lounging to working, chairs are ubiquitous pieces of design.
Designers and architects, whose work revolves around space, comfort, and function, have grappled with making the perfect—or most unusual—chairs for centuries. Most chairs, however, are not one- offs but are manufactured in large quantities, to be shipped around the world, displayed, and marketed. We only really see the end product and rarely know how our chair has come into being.
Through the painstaking work of deconstructing and reducing chairs to their constituent parts, Chair Anatomy gets to the heart of more than fifty iconic designs: how pieces were designed and produced to fit together; why a certain material imparts a certain quality, functional advance, or comfort level; how the chair’s structure can withstand stress while being elegant and economical to produce.
Offering a truly nuts- and- bolts perspective on masterpieces of design, Chair Anatomy gives insight into a piece of furniture that we so often take for granted.
James Orrom is professor for product and furniture design at the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He cofounded Umlauf & Orrom Studio for Industrial Design in 1987, producing furniture, film equipment, porcelain, glassware, and other products for international clients including BMW, Siemens, and Villeroy & Boch.