Lea Ebersbacher. Chair. January 22nd , 2018.
The highest that a standing desk should reach to a person is the level of their elbows. The monitor of the computer being used should be placed right above the worker‘s eye level. This will prevent a tilting of the head too far up or down throughout work. A chair should be designed to aid in a worker during an occasional rest period. This rest period can include a lean, or complete sitting. The ideal chair will not take up any work space.
A point often forgotten when purchasing chairs is restoration, as few surviving examples would not have been repaired at some stage. When purchasing chairs, it is not unusual to spend more money with a good restorer than you actually paid for the article itself. The repair of a chair, the most used object in the home, is expensive when compared to, say, a chest of drawers. If restored properly, a chest of drawers may need serious attention only once every 50 or so years, where a set of chairs may need attention on a frequent basis. Sets of chairs that are let go for generations often need a lot of attention, even to a point of needing to be steamed apart and re-glued which takes time and patience. A single chair often consumes more time than for a dining table. Even now in our local area, it is not easy to find a competent tradesman to repair sets of chairs, as they all look upon them as ‘charity‘ jobs.
If you own or manage an event space, certainly you have heard of Chiavari chairs. These Italian designed chairs are popular choices for event venues for good reason. Their jointed bamboo appearance provides a light yet solid chair with an aesthetic that most people enjoy. But other than their pleasing appearance, are there any other benefits to having Chiavari chairs in your venue? You may be surprised.
In this same period, the balloon-back chair was also introduced, but not without problems as, again, the Australian cedar timber was not very kind to both designers and manufacturers alike. The balloon-back chair is certainly pleasing to the eye but, unfortunately, its weakness lies in where the balloon back joins the rear legs, along with the other problems that the traditional bar back may have had. They are an excellent chair but must certainly be treated with respect; that is, pick them up with both hands or by the back rail, not the splat. It only makes sense and, if considered, the balloon back chair must be weaker as the cresting rail (top rail) is often held with a single dowel on each side of the balloon as opposed to a tapered dovetail joint as seen on rail-back chairs of the period. These chairs mostly have turned legs, but occasionally the hoop and legs are carved; they were covered with sprung stuff over seats often in leather or simulated leather.
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