Chair: 500 Designs That Matter brings a comprehensive look at the furniture staple

650+ pages of mid-century staples to the chairs of today.
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Phaidon Chair

If you obsess with details of interior design and worship at the altar of Charles & Ray Eames then you probably need Phaidon's new Chair book on your shelf. 

"Throughout history, the chair has presented designers the world over with infinite opportunities to experiment with new methods and materials within the set parameters of an object that is primarily there to serve a practical purpose. Chair: 500 Designs that Matter celebrates the humble chair as never before, from early examples to today's cutting-edge creations. It invites you to sit back and be taken on a journey through the creative imaginations of hundreds of internationally renowned designers."

$24, phaidon.com

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