100 Midcentury Chairs And Their Stories by Lucy Ryder Richardson is now available to pre-order and it looks like a very promising book.
Published by Pavilion Books in September, this is essentially a reference guide for seating of the era. It features what are described as 100 of the ‘most interesting, most controversial, or simply most beautiful chairs’ from the period spending 1930s to 1970 (so a longer time span than you might expect), compiled by Lucy Ryder Richardson and Petra Curtis, the curators behind Modern Shows, which I’m pretty sure we have mentioned on the site in the past.
As for the designers, that includes the likes of Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Ernest Race, Arne Jacobsen , Pierre Paulin, Finn Juhl, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen and Norman Cherner, with additional information on the materials, manufacturing processes and makers (Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and Asko for example) behind the works featured.
Throw in some historical facts, quotes, anecdotes, even the position in which the designers intended you to sit in their creations and you have pretty much all you need if you are considering investing in chairs of this period.
100 chairs, 208 pages and a price tag of £16.99.