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He also celebrates the work of husband and wife team Charles and canada goose outlet near me Ray Eames who began designing chairs in the 1940s. They designed shiny, smooth shells made of wood or a kind of plastic used in the linings of army helmets. “The object was to take a material which was a high performance material developed during the war, and try to make it available to householders at non military prices,” Eames explained in a 1956 NBC interview.

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The plastic chair may be just the latest canada goose outlet belgium chapter in the long and enduring history of chair evolution. canada goose outlet houston After all, Rybczynski points canada goose outlet in canada out: “The problem of sitting is universal.”

Still Sitting There? In addition to Witold Rybczynski’s Now I Sit Me Down, here are a couple more books in the chair genre you might want to check out:

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