what to read.
When I first embarked on this little hobby, I decided that some research was in order. I have a small obsession with big, pretty books and an even larger obsession with big, pretty books that are interesting. Naturally when I googled "history of chairs," I was drawn to this particular book by Florence de Dampierre, which not only satisfies the big and pretty criteria but the interesting one as well--and it happens to be critically acclaimed. Chairs: A History is full of information on seating, from Ancient Egypt to Bertoia, which de Dampierre disseminates with her keen understanding of antiques, particularly Parisian. She also uses her knowledge of interior design, gleaned from years of styling an elite clientele, to provide context for the pieces she discusses. So, if you're tired by the light beach reads of the summer and looking for some interesting non-fiction, curl up in your favorite chair and learn about where it came from in Chairs: A History.