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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8:25:59 AM
The Egyptians, who built the first fine furniture 5,000 years ago, used chairs for two purposes. First, the king and other people in the royal household sat on thrones during public ceremonies and when they received visitors. Second, the wealthy used chairs for practical comfort in their homes. Many examples of ancient Egyptian chairs, from stools to a magnificent throne, were found in King Tut’s tomb (1352 B.C.)
Ancient Greek and Roman chairs (about 1100B.C.-400 A.D.) developed from Egyptian styles. The most famous chair from this period was a Greek chair called a klismos-a simple but comfortable chair used in the home. Modern furniture designers still use the klismos style for dining room chairs. Roman chairs of the time were heavier and more elaborate than the Greek ones, and were often made with precious materials such as gold, silver, or ivory.
In the Middle Ages (400 A.D.-1300 A. D.), Europeans lost the art of making fine furniture. Only the richest people had more than one or two chairs in their homes. These chairs were often on a raised platform at one end of the room. Other people in the room sat below on stools or benches.
The greatest change in the use of the chair occurred in the seventeenth century. The new European middle class wanted comfortable furniture-with cloth and cushions-and chairs became common in every home, not just the homes of the nobility.
The greatest change in chair design occurred in our own century. With the use of plastics and metal, twentieth-century designers changed the shape of chairs radically for the first time since the ancient Egyptians.