Reproduction Occasional Seating
The stool appears to be the most common and perhaps earliest piece of furniture developed by early Egyptian Culture It was used throughout society for a variety of functions. The addition of a back rest or cushion seat came much later. The stool is still widely used today with comfortable padded cushion seats.
The Chaise Lounge or Long Chair was a resurrection of the Greek and Roman couch. Designs were based upon relaxation and support of the body in repose and upright sitting. Curved backrests padded arm rests and the appearance of elaborate upholstery reflected a fashion that was to transcend the classical designs as chair makers begin to adapt their designs to the idiosyncrasies of the human body.
By the mid 16th C. the chair was becoming a common piece of furniture throughout Europe.
Hall chairs became fashionable in Britain in the 1720s-30s. These would be arranged around the walls of an entrance hall and were intended for the occasional use of waiting servants and not intended for comfort.
Today we have chairs for special purposes, library, lounge, bedroom and dining room, each with specific furniture requirements. The chair is an important acquisition it’s uses indicative of a life style.