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Every little thing round us is designed and the observe 'design' has turn into a part of our daily event. yet how a lot can we find out about it? Fifty Chairs that modified the area imparts that wisdom directory the pinnacle 50 chairs that experience made a considerable influence on the planet of British layout this present day. From Thonet's 1870 part Chair to Konstantin Grcic's Chair_One, every one access bargains a brief appraisal to discover what has made their iconic prestige and the designers that provide them a distinct position in layout historical past.

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Frank a Gehry 80 SUPPORTO CHAIR 1979 Fred Scott As its italianized name suggests, the Supporto chair was made to meet ergonomic needs. Designed by Fred Scott (1942-2001) for Hille International, Britain's leading manufacturer of contemporary furniture, it represented a drive to compete with the office furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames (see pages 40-3) for the US-based company Herman Miller. Here was a British design thoroughly informed by scientific and consumer research and consumer testing, and carefully marketed to an audience that was becoming increasingly concerned with the practicalities of improving working conditions and healthier living.

4852,546' 808296 DCW (Dining Chair Wood) 40 DKR Wire Mesh chair 4646 Eames lounge chair the 670 56, '6 LAR , DAR and RAR 42 42 LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) 40 40,48 'Eiffel Tower' base 4;> 42, 46 46 epoxy-coated seats '8 ergonomics, ergonomists 82 82,96 fabrics 46 68. 2 Fehlbaum, Willi 0 Festival of Britain (South Bank, London, 1951) 44, 44 fibreglass 42. 62 70,74 Finnish Pavilion , New York World 's Fair (1939) 36 flatpack furniture 8. 8 Fortnum & Mason department store, London 32 Gatti , Piero, Paolini, Cesare and Teodoro, Franco: ,8 Sacco 6 Gehry, Frank 0 80 86 Dancing House, Prague 80 Easy Edges 80 Guggenheim Museum , Bilbao 80 Wiggle side chair 80, 80 geometry 10.

Designed by Piero Gatti (1940-) , Cesare Paolini (1937-) and Franco Teodoro (1939- ), the Sacco consisted of a black leather or fabric bag (sacco in Italian) filled with hundreds of tiny polystyrene spheres . It did away with almost every aspect of the traditional chair - seat, back, armrests, legs - but instead moulded itself to the shape of the user's body whatever posture he or she chose . Infinitely malleable, easily portable , it could become a chair, a chaise longue, a footstool , or even a kind of domestic sculpture .

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