On February 14th, Andreu World will present a book regarding the universal history of the chairs at the COAM in Madrid, written by journalist and historian Anatxu Zabalbeascoa and published by the “Editorial Gustavo Gilli”. A delicious story, in short, of those masterpieces that have marked a before and after in the history of design and, at the same time, of humanity.
A journey that starts with a prologue by the researcher Jorge Wagensberg on the concept of a seat, he presents an overview of the great milestones of historical chairs and focuses, finally, on the universe of the modern chair and the successive looks that have given it meaning. Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, across 16 chapters, walks us through the chairs of the industrial age such as the famous chairs in the Thonet series, chairs-manifesto like those of Gerrit Th. Rietveld or Mies van der Rohe, or the chairs of the technological ostentation and postmodern formalist, where their own names stand out as those of Frank O. Gehry, Philippe Starck or Jasper Morrison.
The origin of this publication goes back to the book that Andreu World published in 2007 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, entitled Chairs. 50 years of design and a story to tell, where one of its chapters was a review of the history of the chair, from its origins to the present. The passage of time not only confirmed its validity, but we believed that it could make sense to expand the content so that it could shape this book, of a different, more informative nature, on the universal history of the chair, published now by publisher Editorial Gustavo Gili. Its author is the journalist and art historian Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, who had already written the text for the previous edition and who has now expanded and updated it in this new edition that has also had the editorial direction of Ramón Úbeda.
On the occasion of the presentation of the book, Andreu World will also show, at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Madrid, an exhibition of its most iconic designs, which will be open to the public until March.