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ideas chair history By John Czarnecki 1872: Unknown How did the design of office chairs evolve from the 19th century to today? Furniture- and industrial-design aficionados will find out in A Taxonomy of Office Chairs (Phaidon, 2011), a new book authored by Jonathan Olivares. A sleepy history tome this is not. Instead, Olivares, a Boston-based industrial designer and researcher, compiled a taxonomy—a catalogue classification—of office chairs with simple line drawings (samples on this page) and brief explanations of each chair’s traits. The taxonomy, with more than 400 illustrations of 130 office chairs, is categorized by specific chair elements: the headrest, backrest, armrests, lumbar support, seat, stem, base, and floor contact. This book should be on the shelves of those that seek an understanding of office chairs through time, industrial design in general, and ergonomics and design processes. (continued on page 70) 1992: Zackback 1929: Drehstuhl 1994: Aeron 1938: Montecatini 1998: Tris 1970: 232 2003: Duo Back 1978: Sapper 2008: Diffrient World 1984: Equa 2009: ON 68 contract september 2011 Illustrations and book cover image courtesy of Phaidon

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - September 2011

Contract - September 2011
Industry News
Product Briefs: Sustainable
Product Focus: Here Comes the Sun
Product Focus: Cream of the Crop
Memory Museum
Triple Threat
Mission Sustainable
Model of Sustainability
Desert Oasis
LEED by Example
Cooking Light
Trends: The Resilient Workplace
Ideas: Chair History
Designers Select: Boardroom Furnishings
Ad Index
Perspectives: Steven M. Davis, Faia, Aedas

Contract - September 2011