Are You Sitting Comfortably?

It’s a mere six weeks till Christmas (don’t worry, we’ll be providing you with a Christmas gift guide very soon!) when, despite our good intentions of getting out of the house to work off those mince pies, we know that really we’ll be spending hours sitting in front of the TV with the family, indulging in the classics.

Peter and Charlotte Fiell are the authors of Chairs, which covers 1,000 masterpieces of chair design, from 1800 to the present day, in a great big cornucopia of a book weighing in at an impressive 756 pages of sumptuously illustrated and glorious content. The book features everything from the immortal Eames LCW to today’s most progressive seating designs created by Jasper Morrison, Tom Dixon, Ron Arad and Thomas Heatherwick.

We asked Peter Fiell for his advice on choosing a classic chair to sit on whilst you’re watching the greatest Christmas films of all time…

A Christmas Carol (1938)

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It’s a mere six weeks till Christmas (don’t worry, we’ll be providing you with a Christmas gift guide very soon!) when, despite our good intentions of getting out of the house to work off those mince pies, we know that really we’ll be spending hours sitting in front of the TV with the family, indulging in the classics.

Peter and Charlotte Fiell are the authors of Chairs, which covers 1,000 masterpieces of chair design, from 1800 to the present day, in a great big cornucopia of a book weighing in at an impressive 756 pages of sumptuously illustrated and glorious content. The book features everything from the immortal Eames LCW to today’s most progressive seating designs created by Jasper Morrison, Tom Dixon, Ron Arad and Thomas Heatherwick.

We asked Peter Fiell for his advice on choosing a classic chair to sit on whilst you’re watching the greatest Christmas films of all time…

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Arguably the greatest American Christmas drama ever produced, Frank Capra’s inspirational movie brought a much-needed heart-warming drop of cheer to the immediate postwar years, not unlike Charles and Ray Eames’ LCW chair from 1945, which is without question the most iconic chair of all time and a veritable landmark in seating history. This rare example with its cherry red aniline-dyed finish is especially festive!

Scrooge (1951)

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Alastair Sim was the “classic” Scrooge whose terrifying encounters with the ghosts of Christmasses’ past, present and future gave him such a fright that he realised the error of his ways and made amends to the long suffering Bob Cratchit. Maybe he wouldn’t have been such a misery guts if he had enjoyed the padded comfort of Marco Zanuso’s stylish Senior chair from 1951 that used in its construction a new wonder material – latex foam – making it not only supremely comfortable but also aesthetically innovative with its seductive and inviting sculptural form.

The Sound of Music (1965)

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A firm favourite for family gatherings at Christmas with the ever-so Bavarian von Trapp family giving it their musical all, while escaping the Nazi baddies…and of course, an all-important ex-Nun love interest thrown in for good measure. Along with whiskers on kittens, the De Pas, D’Urbino and Lomazzi’s Blow chair from 1965 is one of our favourite things. The most famous inflatable chair of all time, its rounded curves inviting playful interaction made it a quintessential Pop icon.

The Snowman (1982)

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 From “Walking in the Air” to its adorable drawn animation, The Snowman is a modern classic of Christmas entertainment. Robert Venturi’s Art Nouveau, Queen Anne and Chippendale chairs of the early 80s were tongue-in-cheek homages to earlier historic styles.

Venturi was a leading proponent of Post-Modernism and these playful chairs certainly reflected his belief that “Less is a Bore”. Unlike the Snowman, however, these characterful chairs didn’t melt away and are now seen as masterpieces of Post-Modern seating design.

See Peter discussing more about how he became interested in chair design, and the intriguing poser of how a designer can ‘transcend chairness’ in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYVdlBdecsg

Chairs is an ideal gift for anyone obsessed with style, as is the Fiell’s bible, Masterpieces of British Design. And if Christmas isn’t the same for you without The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook, you need the family scrapbook in your life!

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With thanks to The Republic of Fritz Hansen for letting us film in their beautiful showroom. http://www.fritzhansen.com

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