A Century of Chairs

Thursday 19 July 2012


This Design Museum touring exhibition, A Century of Chairs, offers an engaging and informative opportunity to trace the history of modern design through the evolution of one object – the chair. The exhibition features a collection of 70 classic chairs from the Design Museum Collection - each of which illustrates a landmark in aesthetics, functionality, materials, production technology or sustainability.


No object tells the history of modern design more eloquently than the chair. From Michael Thonet's discovery of how to mass-manufacture bentwood chairs in the late 19th century and Marcel Breuer's pioneering use of tubular steel at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, to Charles and Ray Eames' plywood innovations in the 1940s, the pop-inspired plastic chairs of Verner Panton and Joe Colombo in the 1960s and recent advances by contemporary designers, such as Jasper Morrison and the Bouroullec brothers, the chair has long been a focus of experimentation for modern designers.



When: 7 September - 8 December, 2012

Where: Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent

Contact: The Design Museum

Tel: 020 7940 8790


Images, from top to bottom:

1. 'Wiggle Chair', by Frank Gehry, Design Museum Collection

2. 'Chair One' by Konstantin Grcic', Design Museum Collection

3. 'Jack Light', by Tom Dixon , Design Museum Collection (PHOTOGRAPHS BY LUKE HAYES)