Chair Design Over the Last 150 Years In 8 Minutes

by Ulrik

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They’re all in there: the first mass produced Thonet No. 14 chair in the 1850s over Alvar Aalto’s cantilever chair and Verner Panton’s one-piece, all the way to Jasper Morrison’s Air Chair using gas injection at the turn of this century.

If you’ve ever said: ‘I don’t know enough about the history of chair design, but I’d sure like to know a thing or two about it’, then you should check out this extensive yet extremely concise guide to chair design through the ages. Filmed by the competent people at Dezeen, it’s quality through and through. There’s only one little slip-up: no Arne Jacobsen! But hey, we’re willing to let that slide as the rest is on-point.

Have a look and a listen as Deyan Sudjic, the director of the marvelous Design Museum (who were nice enough to nominate the TMA-1 as design of the year) drops design knowledge. It’s very pleasant. In fact, if we were to call him the David Attenborough of design, it wouldn’t be totally out of whack. So I guess we will.