We're pretty competitive with our office chairs here—some of us have the space-age, aerodynamic ones that look like the future, while others (cough, cough) make do with slightly less glamorous alternatives. So, consider us interested in Jonathan Olivares new book, A Taxonomy Of Office Chairs, which bills itself as the definitive catalog of office chair design. Indeed, with a grant from Knoll, Olivares spent three years researching more than 4,000 chairs and talking to over 40 designers and curators, resulting in "the first taxonomy ever written on a manmade object," with pictures and the history of 130 chairs by innovators like Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, and Charles and Ray Eames. Like plant taxonomies, the tome breaks down each element of the chairs, with chapters covering everything from 'Headrest' to 'Seat.' To celebrate the publication (and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, going on now), publisher Phaidon is hosting a party this Sunday where you can actually see the chairs via an installation designed by Jonathan Olivares himself.
Sunday, May 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., PHAIDON | STORE, 83 Wooster Street (near Spring Street); 212-925-1900 ; RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click through to see some of our choice chairs from the book!