Andreu World, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa and Editorial Gustavo Gili have presented Chairs, a book about the history of author chair, within the framework of the Madrid Design Festival. After the presentation of the book, an exhibition of Andreu World’s most emblematic chairs was inaugurated, among which are creations by Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison, Lievore Altherr Molina and Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, and which can be visited at the COAM until the March 31st.
The first edition of the Madrid Design Festival was the setting chosen by Andreu World and Editorial Gustavo Gili to present Chairs, a book that reviews the master creations that have marked a before and after in the history of design and, at the same time, the humanity. Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, throughout 16 chapters, walks us through the chairs of the industrial age such as the famous chairs in the Thonet series, manifesto chairs like those of Gerrit Th. Rietveld or Mies van der Rohe, or the chairs of the technological ostentation and postmodern formalist, where proper names stand out as those of Frank O. Gehry, Philippe Starck or Jasper Morrison.
“A good chair is and let’s be. It adapts like a tailor-made suit… On a chair we eat, we read, we talk, we work, we study, we learn, we wait, we draw… there are many chairs, but there are few that deserve to be part of history.” These are the words with which the author of Chairs, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, introduced the book, one of the activities of the first edition of the Madrid Design Festival at the COAM.
“The principal novelty of this book, and that led us to promote this idea, within our commitment to the culture of design, is that it is probably the first book made in our country that reflects on the universal history of the chair.” Jesús Llinares, Andreu World CEO.
"We also liked the idea that it was a pedagogical and didactic book, linked to schools, and that it could be useful for students of design, architecture ... in short, to all those who want to know more about the history of design from a rigorous and very complete approach. " Aina Otero, Editorial Director of Editorial Gustavo Gili.