Chairpedia: 101 Stories of Chairs
Ana Dominguez Siemens, Mauricio Wiesenthal, Rosina Gomez-Baeza, a.o.
La Fabrica, 2020
Interdisciplinary authors come together to reflect on the history of chair design through 101 selected chairs
Every chair tells its own story, and all of them fit into this book―even the stories in which design is not overtly the topic at hand. Chairs and artificial intelligence; famous chairs on which Freud, Pessoa or Proust sat; chairs as historical, political and societal symbols; chairs for thin or corpulent people; rocking, creative, royal chairs: all these facets of chairs and more are packed into this volume.
Bringing together writers, design historians, architecture critics and art curators, Chairpedia is a compilation of anecdotes about the chair―beginning with Mauricio Wiesenthal’s Tales to Read Seated, published by Andreu World―and comprises a history of chair design told through 101 examples.
This book compiles the work of more than 20 professionals, including designers, professors, architects and historians, who are participating in this fascinating volume telling the story of 101 chairs. Ana Dominguez Siemens, Mauricio Wiesenthal, Rosina Gomez-Baeza, Isabel Campi and Daniel Giralt-Miracle survey the history of the most famous chairs, from the most avant-garde to the humblest designs. Each chair has its own story, and they all have a place here, even those whose design is not the most important feature. It is a compendium of anecdotes and stories around chairs to spotlight the fact that they are essential objects, among other reasons because, as Alessandro Mendini claims, while the chair works, the man rests.