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Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair- unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. With over ninety illustrations- this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety. Drawing on anecdotes- literary references- and famous designs- Galen Cranz documents our ongoing love affair with the chair and how its evolution has been governed not by a quest for comfort or practicality- but by the designation of status.Relating much of the modern eras rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating- Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live. A farsighted and innovative approach to our most intimate habitat- this book offers guidelines that will assist readers in choosing a chair-and designing a lifestyle-that truly suits our bodies. Praise for The Chair: [A] concise- multidisciplinary gem.-Publishers Weekly Cranz is no sedentary historian. The Chair is a call to action.-Jonathan Levi- Los Angeles Times Galen Cranz has written a provocative book. Pull up a comfortable chair-if you can find one-and read it.-Witold Rybczynski... Please click here to ask a question
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