Chairs by Judith Miller — Books
Judith Miller has the same affliction I do. Like cat hair to my velvet sofa pillows, she’s attracted to chairs. Adores them.
Before leaving the house, she has to raise her right hand and swear to her husband that she absolutely will not bring home any more single chairs from the antiques market.
I heard Judith—one of the world’s leading experts in antiques—relate that tale during her Martha Radio interview last week and I knew I needed to get my hands on her latest book.
I’m going to tell you right now that Miller’s Chairs (Conran Octopus Ltd., 2009) is a must have for a furniture aficionado. She profiles over one hundred of the most notable and interesting chairs, past and present.
Coffee table worthy? YES. Nick Pope’s brilliant ‘Chair Portraits’ alone are worth the price of purchase. Don’t miss the vibrant Arne Jacobsen 3107′s like fresh wildflowers in a meadow. Hmmm, maybe I need two books and I’ll take one apart and frame its photos. (Told you I’m afflicted.)
But more than that. Miller delivers a first-rate course on successful chair designs. It’s a course that will hold your interest and that you can attend with glass of wine or cup of tea in hand, and while enveloped in your favorite chair.
The periods, styles and designers are here: Queen Anne, Louis XV, Chippendale, Regency, Thonet, Stickley, Eames, Jacobsen. And the forms: Ladder, Fan, Hammock, Egg.
Miller starts her detailed profiles with a seventeenth century Wainscot Armchair and her historical discussion with a gilded throne made for King Tut. Seat by seat, she leads us all the way to Castle’s sculptural Nirvana from 2007. You’ll learn about the designers, historical facts, design details and ergonomic properties.
Did you know that the Victorian Chaise Lounge’s “open form could comfortably accommodate…ladies dressed in large, voluminous skirts fashionable at that time?” Or that “a pile of plastic buckets was reportedly the inspiration for the sleek, sexy” (and stackable) Panton chair?
Fun facts here, Design Junkies.
This book just came out and I already consider mine a classic. Pick up a copy, sit down and enjoy.