CHAIR : 500 DE­SIGNS THAT M ATTER BY PHAIDON EDI­TORS

Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - EUROCUCINA 2018 -

PHAIDON

At first glance, the hum­ble chair feels like an odd choice of sub­ject for a cof­fee-ta­ble book—why read about an ob­ject you’re most likely al­ready sit­ting on? But fur­ni­ture de­sign­ers worth their salt would im­me­di­ately shake their heads in dis­agree­ment. This is be­cause few forms ex­cite a carpenter’s mind more than a chair. Some ar­chi­tects even say a chair is as dif­fi­cult an un­der­tak­ing as an en­tire build­ing. In this sump­tu­ous book, Phaidon has brought to­gether a hit col­lec­tion of th­ese com­plex works of seden­tary art—such as the Eames moulded plas­tic RAR chair, the wo­ven metal Ber­toia chair from Knoll, and a hard-edged chair by Don­ald Judd—as well as some lesser known ex­per­i­men­tal de­signs, like a plas­tic blowup arm­chair and ones made from ghostly Lucite. You’ll never look at your arm­chair in the same way again.

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