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Decorative Arts & Design
  • Author:
    Jonathan Olivares
  • ISBN:
    0714861030
  • ISBN13:
    978-0714861036
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  • Publisher:
    Phaidon Press (May 4, 2011)
  • Pages:
    256 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Decorative Arts & Design
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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs Hardcover – May 4, 2011.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs Hardcover – May 4, 2011. by. Jonathan Olivares (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. He is a respected product designer in his own right and has designed a number of pieces of furniture for both Danese and Driade.

Design consultant Jonathan Olivares has taken an approach using a scientific methodology to classify and document 142 office chairs by their distinguishing features. A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual and technical history of the office chair, from the beginning of the 1840s - a period that saw the origins of modern business management to the present. Over this time frame we selected the most innovative office chairs from the thousands that have been designed and manufactured.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is the product of Olivares’s own fascination with office chairs, years spent digging through the archives of design museums and manufacturers’ warehouses, collecting old catalogs and schematics, and interviewing engineers and designers. While his book arrives at a moment when interest in the cultural history of objects (and, in the case of furniture, the mid-century period in particular) is at a fever pitch, Olivares’s Taxonomy isn’t a tastefully curated parade of gorgeous chairs.

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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of a single design typology

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of a single design typology. Olivares begins his survey at the beginning of the 1840s, a period agreed upon to have seen the origins of modern business management, and ends it in the present.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of the office chair. The book illustrates over 180 of the most innovative office chairs, from the 1840s To The present, includes a huge selection of technical drawings, and a series of essays by designer and design consultant Jonathan Olivares.

Our first introduction to the taxonomy of chairs by Jonathan Olivares was at the Phaidon Store on Wooster where a meticulously deconstructed chair hangs suspended in an exploded view of it's requisite parts in the window. The armrest, the back, the seat and the base all float away from the chair in a deconstruction of a chair, an appropriate metaphor for Olivares's Taxonomy. In the introduction, he explains that natural objects have been the subject of taxonomy since man first tried to understand his environment.

Jonathan Olivares, John Parton. A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of the office chair

Jonathan Olivares, John Parton. A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of the office chair.

He is also a respected product designer in his own right, he has designed a number of pieces of furniture for both Danese and Driade. Country of Publication.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of a single design typology. Over this period he has selected 184 of the most innovative office chairs from the thousands that have been.

Featuring chairs from a number of well-known designers, 'A Taxonomy of Office Chairs' provides a visual overview of the entire evolution of the modern office chair.

Arakus
As a self proclaimed office chair enthusiast (having used a Life, Think, Leap, Freedom, and currently own an Aeron) I eagerly placed my order with high expectations. After receiving and reading I can happily say my expectations have been more than met.

The author does an excellent job of explaining the background of the modern office chair, key innovations and their origin, and of course an exhaustive analysis of the various office chair components. Though I would enjoy hearing more of the design stories I can appreciate the author's desire to stay focused on creating a taxonomy and not filling the book with personal anecdotes.

The book is well laid out and the progression is logical. There are full color pictures of hundreds of different office chairs to enjoy along with the high quality dust jacket, binding, and choice of paper.

Overall if you're interested in office chairs, design evolution, or architecture I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.
Gavikelv
If you ever wanted to know more about the origin and age of office chairs, this is the book to get. I was able to identify (for example) my task chair (which is on the cover), my work chair, and my wife's work chair. :) Of note, this book is a good, utilitarian counterpoint to all of the "art chair" books that are out there.
Xaluenk
Great referance book
Celak
This book is a great reference for the history, styles, designers and constant changes in office seating. I loved the pictures showing the dates the chair were designed.
Mr.jeka
Not worth the money for this book!! Just not much to it...I was expecting more of a history of how office chairs were designed and manufacured...not just images. Save your money!
I'm returning this one.
Xig
I got this as a gift for a friend and after flipping through it was very difficult not to just keep it! Nice pages and everything you would expect from Phaidon, and well organized informative content. A great book for any chair fanatic, or anyone interested in industrial design.
Ydely
good book and good effort