How Chairs Have Changed

Written by Channel 11 Houston on December 28th, 2013. Posted in Design chair sofa, Designer table and chairs, Eames lounge chair

The ghost chair

Chances are that you have at least one chair in your home. You probably sit in it everyday. However, while chairs are commonplace now, throughout much of human history they were a luxury item, reserved for the most powerful members of a society, such as royalty and noblemen. The lower classes typically sat on the floor or perched on backless stools. Examples of this still remain, such as the “chair” as the symbol of the House of Commons, the head of university departments are called “the chair,” the head of a company is usefully referred to as the “chairman.”

There have obviously been many innovations in chair design since the first chairs appeared in antiquity. One popular chair is the office chair. While almost all of us have used one of these at some point, few people know that it was actually Charles Da