By Deniece Charbonnier. Chair. Published at Sunday, February 04th, 2018 - 12:09:13 PM.
The squat style chairs with heavy backs that were carved like a piece of paneling gave way to taller, more slender and elegant chairs. The framework of these chairs were less carved and new directions were taken as far as how these chairs were ornamented. Cabinet makers of the Restoration began to take advantage of the opportunities given to them to design these new chairs. Chairs began to take on an elaborate construction with graceful semicircular ornaments that connected all four legs by a vase shaped knob in the center. The arms and legs of the chairs of this period were scrolled with the splats of the back containing a rich arrangement of spirals and scrolls.
Club chairs are similar to armchairs except they are usually slimmer and simpler. Generally upholstered in leather, club chairs were named as such after their rise to fame in Gentlemen's Clubs in 19th Century England. A good, attractive club chair is a lovely seating piece in a reception room, study or empty corner of most rooms. As with armchairs, you can find recliner club chairs.
In the past, a chair was just that - a place where you would rest your aching back. Designs were straightforward and simple and you would be foolish to expect anything more from chairs. These days, however, chairs have become art in themselves. Some pieces are so cleverly made that they look like objects of art but double up as comfortable chairs too.
No longer are chair manufacturers making dining chairs that are straight backed with slats that were so common decades ago. Some of these modern dining chairs are actually lovely enough to be pieces of art. Why would someone hide a piece of art such as modern dining chairs under a table where they cannot be seen?
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