THE CHAIR GALEN CRANZ PDF

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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Chair by Galen Cranz. Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety.

Drawing on anecd Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Galen Cranz documents our ongoing love affair with the chair and how its evolution has been governed not by a quest for comfort or practicality, but by the designation of status. Relating much of the modern era's rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live.

A farsighted and innovative approach to our most intimate habitat, this book offers guidelines that will assist readers in choosing a chair-and designing a lifestyle-that truly suits our bodies. The Chair is a call to action.

Pull up a comfortable chair-if you can find one-and read it. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 17th by W. Norton Company first published August More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Sort order. Aug 30, Holly rated it it was ok Shelves: reads. Mm, okay. Sounds odd to claim it with regard to a book about chairs, but I thought this book - originally published in - was dated. It's also kind of crackpot academics: not necessarily the study of ergonomics and interior design, but some of her conclusions and dubious "theories" made me pause. Something or someone led me to Mm, okay. Interesting nonetheless. Aug 12, Susan rated it liked it.

More classroom-oriented reading, to be used to get students to pay attention to what their bodies are actually doing, and to reflect critically on the relationship between embodiment, bodily practice, and the built environment. Long on description and lots of pictures make this not too heavy, fun while while still substantive; looks at mind-body interaction, ergonomics, social history.

Mar 20, Kathryn rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this to be a very interesting non-fiction book; not quite what I was expecting, but now I know enough about chairs to be conscious of them when I sit down.

The author is a professor of architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, and she is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a kinesthetic educational system. In this book she studies the history of the chair which, by and large, is a Western concept , and very exhaustively explains why the typical chair is not go I found this to be a very interesting non-fiction book; not quite what I was expecting, but now I know enough about chairs to be conscious of them when I sit down.

In this book she studies the history of the chair which, by and large, is a Western concept , and very exhaustively explains why the typical chair is not good for one's health. I do know that there are chairs that, when I go to get out of them, my lower back spasms a bit on me. The author also notes that one's body was not meant to be in just one or two positions; the ideal chair would let one adjust one's posture periodically, always maintaining proper spinal posture.

The main effect of this book on me is that I am more conscious of chairs. My wingback chair in the front room is quite comfortable, but my lower back does not like it when I get out of it.

My desk chair is better. At the dining room table we have the usual assortment of hard-bottom straight-back chairs, and on the back porch I have a glider, Adirondack chairs, and rocking chairs. And as a consequence of this book, I will strive for better posture when seated. Dec 06, Rogue Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: architecture. Cranz goes through a lot of chairs and determines that there are none that satisfy the body's needs for stability, structure and comfort and the aesthetic inclinations of the soul.

Any chair compromises one or more of the basic tenets of the chair. Perhaps a bespoke chair may satisfy, but the cost is beyond most pockets. Really good read and makes me more conscious of posture, ergonomics and the ridiculousness of trends in artistic design. Jun 25, mobot rated it really liked it Shelves: design.

An important read for anyone interested in human-centered design, anatomical congruency, and general postural health. Oct 21, Emma Overholt rated it did not like it Shelves: reads , school. Shelves: salud. Libro citado. Feb 19, Hannah Silver rated it really liked it Shelves: chair-talk , just-design , movement. A major surprise favorite from my work-related reads. Right off the bat, I was impressed with the awareness of colonist attitudes and cultural differences.

This is a book about Western attitudes around posture and design and how dumb they are definitely a fair bit of opinions in here, but I didn't mind it.

Super interesting! Learned quite a bit to apply to design and teaching movement classes. This book is definitely dated but I will reference it. High rating in my world because I needed some validation that I wasn't the only one who wants to work on the floor or move around a lot and radically change what workplaces look like. It's an accessibility issue! Sep 28, Becky rated it really liked it. Parts of this book were more interesting than others.

It explains why there doesn't seem to be such a thing as a comfortable chair. Confirmed my prejudices; against soft squishy chairs, and for sitting the wrong way on everything. Leaves much to consider in reworking my home office over the next few years. One gripe; I wish people would stop using the fit and healthy young adults of another culture to "prove" that said culture's habits are healthier than those of the West.

Okay, in cultures that Parts of this book were more interesting than others. Okay, in cultures that don't use chairs, the twentysomethings have fantastic posture. How does the average year-old look? Can they stand up from the floor without assistance? How much back pain do they experience? A compelling argument for furniture reform ought to include mention of different postures' impact on the strength, comfort, and flexibility of the elderly, not just the young and middle-aged.

Mar 03, Jer rated it it was amazing Shelves: own-it , vpl , reference. Can't say enough about this book, other than we sit in chairs most of our lives and it is because of this fact, we never question it's significance. She briefly covers the history thank god this part is short , then she goes into our anatomy and kinematics.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who spends a lot of time on their ass You'll never think of chairs in the same way, and hopefully it'll make you rethink the way you use chairs in your daily life. Mar 31, Kim rated it it was amazing. It becomes very difficult not to see chairs as extremely problematic after reading this book. I know that probably doesn't make sense, but one must read the book to really understand how the technology and ubiquitousness of the chair have profoundly--and negatively--affected our bodies.

It's a fascinating read, but one that leaves me frustrated, since it's not like I can easily go and remove chairs from my life View 2 comments.

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Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the ever-present chair, unconsciously yet forcefully shaping the physical and social dimensions of our lives. With over ninety illustrations, this book traces the history of the chair as we know it from its crudest beginnings up through the modern office variety. Drawing on anecdotes, literary references, and famous designs, Galen Cranz documents our ongoing love affair with the chair and how its evolution has been governed not by a quest for comfort or practicality, but by the designation of status. Relating much of the modern era's rampant back pain to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle spent in traditional seating, Cranz goes beyond traditional ergonomic theory to formulate new design principles that challenge the way we think and live.

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