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Are You Sitting Down?

I’ve already made a confession once in this blog. It was January and I admitted I was addicted to chocolate. Now I have another confession: I love chairs. I can’t get them out of my head. I especially like certain famous chairs, for example, Eames chairs,

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair

Bertoia chairs,

Bertoia Side Chairs

and Saarinen chairs. If I could live in a house filled with original artwork and iconic chairs, I’d be satisfied.

Saarinen Chairs

More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been designed and redesigned by the world’s most creative minds. Architects, artists and designers all want to sink their teeth into a chair project and tackle the essence of chair-ness. Who knew that, when the ancient Egyptians invented the chair, the idea of this utilitarian object would be taken to such an inventive level?

(I don’t have this book, but I should have it. I must have it!)

Let’s take a moment to indulge in chairs and celebrate what the spirit of artistic pursuit has done for the sedentary over the years. Here are a few of my favorite chairs,

Panton C1 Chair

Panton C1 Chair

Frank Gehry - Wiggle Side Chair

Frank Gehry Wiggle Side Chair vitra.com

vintage steno chair twentygauge.com

a few chairs that have caught my attention recently,

drops chair

Drops Chair - camillahounsellhalvorsen.com

Bloom Coco Plexistyle

Fernando-and-Humberto-Campana-Sushi-III-Chair bonluxat.com

and a few paintings of chairs.

Van Gogh's Chair

Van Gogh's Chair

Raimonds Staprans

Raimonds Staprans

zatista.com artist David Pettibone "Yellow Chair"

David Pettibone "Yellow Chair" zatista.com

What is your favorite chair?

Comments (3)

  1. Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos
    March 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Wonderful post and selection of chairs -I especially love the austerity and serene colors of Raimond Staprans’ painting, and the luscious brushwork of David Pettibone’s yellow chair. I can’t resist adding my photographed chair: http://tinyurl.com/y98mxd8 . Now I gotta go figure out where to test out the sushi chair!

  2. Mary Zeran
    March 5, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Chairs, mirrors, and chandeliers. Oh, and painting. What wonderful vices.

  3. Nancy
    April 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for including your photo, Jacquelyn! I like the color of the chair and how it relates to other cool areas of the photo, and I love the smooth texture of the chair in contrast to the highly textured wall.

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