An Essential: Chairs by Florence de Dampierre
Some think the study of decorative arts is frivolous but, depending on how it is examined, a pretty Louis XV chair be enlightening. Furniture historian Florence de Dampierre proves this with her epic, Chairs: A History, published a year ago this month.
Using chairs as a jumping off point, she takes readers on a journey through world history, from ancient Egypt, Africa and China to present day. Every type of chair or stool ever known seems to be covered. I think Dampierre researched the book for about a decade, so it truly is an amazing resource for designers and collectors. What do you think of the chair that made the cover?