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The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design Paperback – Illustrated, January 17, 2000
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Galen Cranz has written a provocative book. Pull up a comfortable chair--if you can find one--and read it. -- Witold Rybczynski
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- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (January 17, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393319555
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393319552
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #529,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It may not be a perfect book, but there are many good points, so I highly recommend it. It certainly gets a person thinking about something they have probably never thought about before.
Through the [...] I am studying Chairs for the next two years. I'm doing this because I wanted to study something simple, tangible, and ubiquitous. At the beginning of my study, this description seemed to fit chairs. Currently I'm a couple of months into my study and very much have an amateur's perspective on the content and style of Cranz's work.
I really enjoyed reading the book. I particularly enjoyed the content surrounding the history of chairs. I found myself taking notes but I soon stopped because I was essentially copying what Cranz wrote, word for word. There is a lot of material referenced in there (extensive footnotes and bibliography) that I will look back on for my continued studies.
I read the 2nd half of the book considerably more quickly than I read the first part. I think this was A. because I was frustrated by how long it was taking me to take notes AND read the book, but B. I sensed that I would be reading considerably more about ergonomics and the implications of our chair use down the line, so I didn't want to spend too much time memorizing all of the little details of Cranz's opinion. I also got the sense that a lot of the 2nd half was laced with her opinion. That's fine as long as you accept it for what it is. Her opinion may very well be accurate, but I'll have to read a bunch more to verify.
In short, I thought this book was a nice, comprehensive, thought-provoking primer to learning more about chairs. It has certainly shaped the beginning of my studies in that I'm now interested both in "chairs as objects of design" and "chairs as potentially dangerous constructs". Anyone is welcome to follow me as I continue my study at [...]
One random thing: I enjoyed some of the random quotes at the beginnings of different chapters.