Chairs, in one form or another, have been around for centuries. As they have evolved, cultural trends, aesthetic preferences, as well as new materials, construction techniques and technologies are reflected in their changing designs. “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design” is an exhibit of 40 iconic chairs from a private collection that is traveling the United States. It is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida.
Visiting the exhibition, people find beauty, elegance and art in each and every chair. Here are some of the pieces that are liked in particular for their design, significance and cultural roles. These chair designs span 200 years, yet many of their features and characteristics are still popular today.