Chair: 500 Designs That Matter

Elephant Seating, 2003, Ben Ryuki Miyagi; Ben Ryuki Miyagi Design (2003 to present). Image credit: Ben Ryuki Miyagi Design.

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES courtesy of Phaidon

The editors at Phaidon, together with design experts, have put together a 656-page book dedicated to showcasing the world’s most influential and iconic chair designs, from Thomas Heatherwick creations to elephant-inspired seats.

Spun Chair, 2010, Thomas Heatherwick; Magis (2010 to present). Image credit: Magis.

Chair: 500 Designs That Matter takes the reader on a journey through history, looking back at 500 chair designs by date of manufacture.

“This book contains 500 chairs that we consider really matter,” says the Phaidon team in the book’s introduction. “They may have achieved their place in our collection because of their innovative design, the groundbreaking material or technology used in their production, or for their unusual shape, colour or texture.”

Table, Bench, Chair, 2009, Industrial Facility, Kim Colin, Sam Hecht; Established & Sons (2009 to present). Image credit: Industrial Facility/ Peter Guenzel.

The book is available locally at selected bookstores nationwide, including Exclusive Books.

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