Chairs: A History

Chairs: A History

Binocular, New York, New York, 2006

Description

A history of chairs from ancient times to modern day, this book contains illustrations of hundreds of chairs. Rather than try to present a range of historically and aesthetically representative chairs, our approach was to create a bold, simple cover that would capture the essential qualities of a chair. Playing off the straightforward title, we chose a chair with a historically iconic shape and silhouetted it against white. On the back, a chair of similarly evocative modern form completes the picture and suggests the story told in the pages between the covers.

Juror Notes

“The use of one chair and simple typography creates a strong statement.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2006
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Binocular
Designers
Joseph Cho, Stefanie Lew
Jacket designers
Joseph Cho, Stefanie Lew
Production coordinator
Jane G. Searle
Author
Florence de Dampierre
Editors
Eric Himmel, Elaine M. Stainton
Trim size
7.5 x 10.5 inches
Pages
432
Quantity printed
5,750
Typefaces
Minion, Myriad, Univers
Printer/binder
C&C Offset
Jacket printer
C&C Offset
Paper
157 gsm gloss coated with matte lamination
Binding method
Smyth sewn, paper-laminated case with jacket
Publisher/client
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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