Chair Times: A History of Seating takes the reader on a journey through a “sea of chairs.” Here, 124 objects dating from 1807 to the latest 3D-printed designs are arranged in the order of their production year, to create a timeline of modern furniture design. Professionals in the design field (gallerists, curators, conservators, artists and designers) were invited to choose objects from the Vitra Design Museum collection to discuss; contributors include Franco Audrito, Ronan Bouroullec, David Chipperfield, Antonio Citterio, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Susanne Graner, Hella Jongerius, Maira Kalman and Amelie Klein, among others. Serving as guide on this excursion is Rolf Fehlbaum, former CEO of Vitra.

Published to accompany the documentary film of the same name, the book includes a USB drive with the associated feature documentary as well as the “Chair Stories”: a series of short interviews with key design protagonists about the history of seating design.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783945852286
Publisher: Vitra Design Museum
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

The author and illustrator of eighteen children’s books, Maira Kalman is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times. Her picture books include Ooh-la-la-Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and 13 Words, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket. Her columns for The New York Times have been collected in book form, and she writes an illustrated column for The New Yorker.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

November 15, 1949

Place of Birth:

Tel Aviv, Israel


New York University, 1967-70

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