Coming this March from Phaidon, is an extraordinary look at the history of the modern office chair. A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares delves into the past of the utility seat that in the modern world has gained cult-like status. The book catalogs not only the models and makes but also looks at the “unique elements” of each. As Olivares explains it, “I wanted to find something that on one hand has a rich technical history, and on he other hand is related to the human body in an intimate way. The office chair is that perfect synthesis.”
Most interesting is the fact that Knoll funded the research project which took more than three years and 4,000 chairs to complete.