By Deniece Charbonnier. Chair. Published at Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 - 09:20:56 AM.
Sheraton and Hepplewhite tried to lighten the design of the original Chippendale chair, which even in the hands of the one who created it was a very heavy piece of work. Sheraton and Hepplewhite were successful in their attempts to modify the design and lighten the chair and to this day the modern Chippendale is comparatively slight next to just about every other chair of its type.
While choosing dining room chairs, it is important to consider the colors, designs, patterns, shape and fabrics. In the past, dining chairs were mostly made of wood, were straight-backed and sparse. These days, the best of modern dining chairs are made of rattan, wicker and metal. Modern dining chairs are generally high backed yet slim and easy to handle. Some of them are luxurious too. The egg chair is an example. The more sparse looking chairs are elegant, covered with delightful fabric and plumb cushions. Keep the fabric, color and pattern of dining chairs in line with the rest of the decor of the room.
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.
One area of chair design that has really taken huge leaps in the last few years is Stack-able Chairs. They use to be either chairs that felt like rocks when you sat on them or a cheaply made plastic thing that kind of resembled a chair. Stacking chairs today incorporate design and functional materials that allow for greater comfort over longer periods of time. And one of the greatest features of stacking chairs- they're stack-able, taking up minimal space when stored for future use. Stacking chairs are not just for the office either. Having just a few of these now affordable chairs at your home and you can instantly have a seating for entire extended family or party guests.
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