The Origins of the Humble Chair

The Origins of the Humble Chair

Ever wondered how the humble chair came to be? 

The chair is an essential piece of furniture that has been in use for thousands of years. It is a simple yet versatile design that has evolved over time to meet the changing needs of society. From its humble beginnings as a basic seat made from natural materials, the chair has become an important part of our lives, serving as a place to rest, work, eat, and socialize.

The earliest known chairs date back to ancient Egypt and Greece, where they were typically made from wood or ivory and adorned with intricate carvings and decorations. These chairs were reserved for the wealthy and powerful, who would use them as thrones or status symbols.  Sitting on the floor was a thing of the past for those wanting a perch more befitting of their status!

As time went on, chairs became more common and accessible to the general population. In the Middle Ages, chairs were often made from heavy oak or other sturdy woods and were designed to be both functional and ornate. They were used in homes, churches, and other public spaces, and often featured cushioned seats and backs for added comfort.

During the Renaissance, chairs became even more decorative and were often adorned with rich fabrics, gilding, and intricate carvings. They were used as symbols of wealth and power, and were commonly found in the homes of royalty and nobility.

In the 18th century, the design of the chair began to shift towards a focus on comfort and practicality. Chairs were made with softer materials and were often upholstered in luxurious fabrics such as silks and jacquards.

Today the humble chair has expanded into almost infinite permutations.  But it's function remains the same.  The most important part of a chair is it's feel - you'll always remember an uncomfortable dining chair or an event you were squirming at because you couldn't get comfy.  A tip is to look for a well crafted chair, made with high density foam and a solid frame.  

Aesthetics are the last piece of the puzzle - fabric, finish and style should compliment your space and fit with the theme of the room.  Whatever your style, be sure you're sitting pretty in a chair that's built to last.