A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

2011
Phaidon Press
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual and technical history of the office chair, told through the lens of a morphological taxonomy – a method of classification that orders elements by form and structure. This approach has never before been applied to a man-made object, and while the book could have focused on any product, the office chair was the perfect subject because of its rich technical history and close relation to everyday life.


The book is comprised of three sections, a preface and introduction that outline the cultural and manufacturing history of office chairs, and a catalogue of chairs that is linked via page numbers to the taxonomy itself – illustrated chapters that focus on each component of the office chair from the backrest to the casters. Through interviews with office furniture industry veterans, design museum curators and physical chair inspections we sought chairs that originated any significant morphological variation. The book is a offers a new method for conveying design and material history, and a comprensive understanding of the office chair’s evolution.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches