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Every thing round us is designed and the observe 'design' has develop into a part of our daily adventure. yet how a lot will we learn about it? Fifty Chairs that modified the area imparts that wisdom directory the head 50 chairs that experience made a considerable impression on this planet of British layout this present day. From Thonet's 1870 aspect Chair to Konstantin Grcic's Chair_One, every one access bargains a quick appraisal to discover what has made their iconic prestige and the designers that supply them a different position in layout heritage.

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Right: The Universale was the result of designer Joe Colombo 's efforts to make a choir that could be cost as one piece. Its extra attraction was a system of detachable screw-on legs that could transform the seat from a standard-height choir to a high stool. 64 BLOW CHAIR 1967 DDL A chair that could go bang in a world that had gone pop ... In the 1960s plastics, technology and mass manufacturing were transforming how people dressed, travelled , communicated and lived. The mass availability of cheap consumer goods changed people's attitudes towards the everyday objects around them , and a throwaway mentality rapidly took hold.

Like other architects and designers of the 1980s, Venturi rebelled against the dictates of Modernism to develop styles that were playful , decorative, ostentatious and historicist. To Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famous maxim 'Less is more', he retorted 'Less is a bore'. For Venturi , 'complexity' and 'contradiction ' are far better watchwords than functionalism and rationalism in the postmodern age. In his first range of furniture, issued from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Venturi raided a whole pattern book of major historical styles - from Sheraton and Chippendale to Gothic Revival and Art Nouveau.

The result of Morrison 's endeavours is a sensitive, confident example of how an industrial design, for all the dictates of the manufacturing process that informed it, can retain the human touch of the designer. The Air-chair is stackable, lightweight, weatherproof and comparatively cheap to make and buy. Its 'chairy' shape counteracts the patio plasticness of the material, rendering it suitable for any occasion , formal or informal, indoor or outdoor. This versatility has made it the chair for the new millennium.

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