You sit on them of course- for relaxation or for work and indeed you even stand on them. An attempt of sleeping might not be very rewarding across their not very wide expanse but is one that you can still explore in the face of unexpected adversities. Essential in their commonplaceness, functional in definiteness and equally likely to occur as assertions in design as well, chairs are things of everyday life one cannot do without. From basic chairs to ergonomic makes, of seating essences or in additional flaunting purposes, these are pieces of furniture that finds space in pretty much every space of human residing. Be it the indoors or the outdoors, the happening or the ordinary, here are different types of chairs to be well
versed seated in for pretty much any reason of their standing-
A chair designed for comfort indeed, and emerging as a plush presence decking up homes in much prominence, the wing chair or wingback chair has had its origins in an England of the 17th century. The back of the chair has wings protruding from it so as to protect the seater from the drafts or alternatively, to tap the heat emanating from a fireplace. Often placed near fireplaces therefore, these essentially comfortable chairs make also for quite a vision in their additional endowment of the ‘wings’.
A very ‘purposeful’ chair, devised as it had been with a specific something in consideration, the kneeling chair is one very conscious way indeed in seating. Conscious in its very thoughtful harbouring of health intentions, designed to offset somewhat the negative effects associated with extended periods of sitting, this 20th century invention might not be though a chair per se. Devoid of the backrest that is so essential a facet of existence for chairs to identify as, the kneeling chair emerges instead as a way in ‘kneel down seating’- whatever that means. A slightly sloping seat that would make the occupant to slide off it marks the ergonomics of this chair, with however the provision of a knee rest to to prevent them from slipping away altogether.
Sitting upon such a chair essentially has the person’s thighs dropped to an angle of about 60° to 70°, with even the shins supporting some of the bodyweight so as to counter too much of a strain upon the lower back. This awareness in more appropriate a body posture also can be as effectively translating in terms of workability, since it essentially helps the user to keep a check upon their propensity to ‘stray’ off work. In keeping the spine aligned and the seater properly positioned, kneeling chairs are one of the most functional options in the modern world.
Another folding chair that serves the purpose in much convenience, the deck chair is one very easily recognisable entity of its kind. In their transportability and stackability, the portable deck chairs might seem to be a very modern day creation. But they had been in existence for much longer than one would imagine. Today very characteristic an identity through the single strip of fabric or vinyl that makes up its backrest and seat, the deck chair of the pre 19th century though would not allude to this definite vision of its identity. As much common sights that one invariably encounters upon decks of ships like its name suggests but existing also in prominence along shorelines and upon beaches and parks, deck chairs make for cultural almost symbols in associated such modes of leisurely existence.
Gossip benches, or telephone tables as they are also called, might not be ‘just’ chairs but they sure make for an interesting addition to any space. These occur as an attached table- chair piece of furniture, housing the requirement in attending the phone with also a seating provision. Naturally, they were very popular in times after the telephone was invented. And while they continued with their ruling in essentialness, telephone tables are understandably not as much of a craze today. Consider however the extent of drama playing out through their very name as gossip benches and this touch of the vintage would elevate indeed every place with a touch of history. If anything, they make for great statement pieces of such flair that can very well define the look of a room with their unmissable presence.
A very atypical chair in its make, the almost century long prominence of the cantilever chair makes for a case in much convenience. Epochal almost when it originated out of Mart Stam’s 1926 visioning as a single legged structure, so much so that the seemingly floating design drove public to apprehension with its unexpectedness, the cantilever chair is a remarkable creation indeed. The seating and framework of such a chair are supported not on four legs but is instead held up by the single leg attached to one end of its seat. Striking in the L shaped bent of the legs that also supports the chair, cantilever chairs are versatile also in their ease of movement and all round adaptability.
With origins residing in a France of the Renaissance Era, the conversation chair is a type very interesting in the purpose of its attending. Also called the caquetoire after the French term caqueter meaning to chat, this style of the armchair essentially came to be a women specific arrangement in seating. For one, the prevailing notion being that of ladies being more likely to engage in chatting which led also to the design of it being conceived such that considered therefore the comfort of them.
Noted as much in the outward curving arms as in its splayed seat, this very female accommodating version of the chair made also ample space for the larger skirts of women to fit in. An armless variant that made use of this same idea in its making, so much so that it even took upon the name of a women’s garment, came to be in the late 16th century in England. The identity of it as the Farthingale chair would follow much later, only in the 19th century as similar such assertions in adhering to the feminine flair of fashion.
A chair invented by none other than one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin himself- the step chair is a baffling proposition by some accounts. Known also therefore as a Franklin chair, or even a ladder chair, library chair or convertible chair for that matter, this though also has an as ‘diplomatic’ variant called the Jefferson chair after ‘designer’ Thomas Jefferson. Essentially a chair with built- in provision to convert into a small set of stairs, this useful exploration in ‘chairing’ had also much literal basis. Believed to have been the choice of seat for Franklin when he presided over meetings of the American Philosophical Society, this is a convertible type of furniture of much functional essence.
Functional beyond what a chair should be and yet exclusively exquisite in status, the Chaise longue lives up indeed to its very evident French origins in its luxury. Literally meaning long chair and being exactly what it professes to be, the chaise longue emerges as a sofa in fact shaped like a chair and to extents that allow also enough room for the legs to fit in. The chair originated in the 16th century as a very obvious ‘rich’ requirement. But it would be only in the 1700s that it would turn out to be the definite status symbol of that wealthy character. Even in the current times, the chaise longue retains the essence of its extravagance- needed as well, to emerge as a piece of furniture finding way into modern homes in the appeal of both aesthetics and indulgent comfort.
The world’s most common plastic chair- that’s what the Monobloc design essentially is. It sure lives up to that identity, for the moment you set an eye on one of these rather recent additions to the chair stack you would know instantly the definite ‘thing’ that they are. Living up to its name that emerges as ‘one block’ is this one piece lightweight and stackable plastic chair serving every single one of its purposes with ease. The process of its making is one of much quickness or mass essence which is why they happen to be so cheap and affordable. This also explains their worldwide popularity in the originally white vision but today also occurring in colors and dimensions way more encompassing of their greater appeal.
Elegant, sleek and stylish and yet so convenient with their dealing, the early 19th century creation of the Chiavarina came to be a dominant presence across the dazzling span of many a 20th century weddings. It continues still to hold its grace and beauty in as much stature even today- perhaps even expanding along the range of its appeal in exquisiteness. Created in the namesake Italian region and essentially residing in a certain aura of exoticness, it though is quite surprising that the Chiavari happens to be a very lightweight and easily foldable chair.
Much of the sophisticated vibes of the chair entails from its signature look in sporting the bamboo-like joints that are carved into its frame. Comfortable as well in seating even without its not upholstered identity- something that is a surprise given its very royal status indeed in furnishing the palace dining halls of Queen Victoria herself, the Chiavari Chair, or Tiffany Chair as it is so called is more than iconic a presence in itself. Indeed a vision to behold in its slender beauty, the Chiavari is a ‘dressy’ chair in itself even in its ordinarily bare manifestation.
You know for sure which one this is. So prominent a spot in film and production sets, occupied by the director indeed from which it in fact gets its name, the Director’s Chair is a lightweight make in both convenience and uniqueness. This is a type of folding chair that employs a scissors action for its swift ‘opening and closing’ even when also making for a very comfortable option in seating. Low backed with armrests, the director’s chair is characterised by the tautness of its seat and is therefore one of the more functional specimens of what chairs are intended to be. Simple as well in design, that might even be a derivation from the 15th century coffee makers’ chairs, this particular make though is more accurately a 19th century invention in its modern exactness.