This film by Heinz Bütler looks at the history of chair design through 125 objects from the collection of the Vitra Design Museum. FX thinks this fascinating film is well worth a watch.
A film by Heinz Bütler
Production: HOOK Film & Kultur Produktion GmbH in cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum, 2018
This film, 'Chair Times: A history of seating from 1800 to today' by Heinz Bütler looks at the history of chair design through 125 objects from the collection of the Vitra Design Museum. The film features notable designers, architects, collectors and curators, while your guide is Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman emeritus of Vitra. Fehlbaum says the following on what the history of chairs can tell us:
'Chairs are important historical artefacts. They can represent the fashion and ethos of a particular moment in time or stand for an epochal idea. They are portraits of their users and reflect the production techniques with which they were created. You can recognise and understand an era – its social structures, its materials, techniques and fashions – by its chairs. I would go as far as to say that no other everyday object is so multi-faceted.'
FX thinks this fascinating film, now available to watch for free on Vitra's site, is well worth a look. Take a look for yourself here.