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Goodwill Art

Crafts and Design Technology:
Chairs
 



There is no right way to design a chair. The set illustrates all kinds of examples, historic and modern, comfortable and uncomfortable, of this basic household object. It discusses how different cultures have solved their seating requirements and why chairs fulfil extraordinary and symbolic functions as well as everyday needs. Famous chairs in painting are also seen.

20-page teaching notes

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Specimen cards in this set:

AALTO, A
   Paimo chair, 1932
AZUMI, S AND T
   Wire frame chair, 1989
BUGATTI, C
   Cobra chair, 1902
CHINA
   Imperial folding chair, C16
DEGAS, HILAIRE
   Hlne Rouart in her father's study, C19
EAMES, C&A
   Armchair, with Steinberg, 1951
EGYPT
   Playing senet in the other world, C2BC
ENGLAND
   Ladderback armchair, 1900
   Richard III, C14
   The Drake armchair, C17
   Wicker chair, 1926
GAINSBOROUGH, T
   Mr and Mrs Andrews
GODWIN, EW
   Armchair, 1887
HERMAN MILLER
   Aaron chair, 2000
INDIA
   King Sarabhendra, C19
LE CORBUSIER
   *Chaise longue, 1928
MACKINTOSH, RENNIE
   Chair, C19/20
MENDINI, A
   Proust's armchair, 1978
MIES V. DER ROHE
   Wiessenhoff MR5335, 1927
MILLS, J
   Dan Dare chair, 1985
MORRISON, J
   Plywood chair, 1989
RIETVELD, GT
   Red and blue chair,1917-8
TURA, COSIMO
   Allegorical figure, C15
USA
   Shaker chair, 1850
VOYSEY, CFA
   Oak chair with rush seat, 1904