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The History of Today’s Chair – From the Stone Age to Modern Design


Being able to ‘take a seat’ is a luxury we all enjoy, but did you know that not everyone always experienced the same satisfaction of being able to sit in a chair? Even though chairs have been around for what seems like forever, have you ever wondered about how they evolved into what they are today?

Symbolism of Chairs

It used to be that only the king, or the most important person in a room could sit on a chair. Others stood and used stools or benches. This symbolism of chairs hasn’t changed much over the years, and can even still be recognized when you hear terms such as “first chair” in an orchestra.

History of Chairs

Finding a place to sit even traces back to Neolithic building site relics, where chair and bench-like areas could be found. This would suggest the first chairs emerged during the Stone Age, but it is not quite certain when the first seat with a back was crafted.

Of course chairs have changed quite a bit since the stone age. Into the 1800’s chairs became more commonplace in American households, with usually enough provided for every member to sit down to dinner. And in more recent times, chair design has tended to evolve with changing artistic movements such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Probably the most well known chair of today is a little one piece chair that seems to show up at every party or in everyone’s backyard. It may be a tacky piece that is usually an after-thought, but the polyporpylene plastic chair seems to have earned it’s place in history.

Interested in learning more about the history of chairs? You can find a complete history of ancient chairs through modern designs at From Benches to Barstools, A History of Chairs, Posture, and Society.

The evolution of the chair, from ancient times to modern design:

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8 Responses to The History of Today’s Chair – From the Stone Age to Modern Design

  1. Crista Hebel October 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Hmm, this is a topc I would not normall care about, BUT I just started a Paleo lifestyle (come read about it on my Blog, Hands and Hearts More Than Full!) and this takes me back to a time when things were different, just like that does. If you look the links are all around, aren’t they!? Thanks!
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  2. Megan October 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I know I’m thankful for my rocking chair!
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  3. sharon October 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    This is one thing I have never wondered about – where did the chair come from? What an interesting question though!
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  4. Jennifer Young October 2, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Very interesting! I couldn’t imagine not having chairs like we do now!

  5. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) October 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Interesting post! I don’t usually think about where things come from! LOL
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  6. Rebecca Parsons October 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    This is so neat and a lot I didn’t know. You learn something new every day and not just saying it is true.

  7. Kate F. October 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    This is interesting. I’ve never thought about the history of the chair before.

  8. Natasha October 4, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    This is really cool! Ive been looking for a comfortable chair… mine have seen better days! LOL

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